Councillor Hilda Gaddum, Cheshire East Council’s Deputy Mayor, has officially opened a pop-up shop at Crewe Market for Cheshire Without Abuse (CWA), a charity that works with families affected by domestic abuse.
The shop will redistribute excess donations of clothing, toys and household goods as well as raising awareness of CWA’s services.
It will also open up volunteering opportunities that will increase confidence and self-esteem, and provide personal development and employability skills.
The formal opening took place on Wednesday, November 26, the day after White Ribbon Day, or the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The shop will be open for six weeks up until Christmas and will move on to another community venue in the Crewe area in the New Year.
Over the past year, CWA received more than 1,600 calls on its 24-hour helpline, nearly 300 adults and 346 children were referred to it, 149 places were taken up on its adult recovery programmes, and 26 families with complex needs were supported.
Ninety per cent of adults referred to CWA’s refuge came from the Cheshire East area.