Through the Franking Sense Friends Foundation, Franking Sense® was delighted to take part in an event to support the charity Fortalice.
As part of the charity’s latest fund-raising initiative, #WearItProud, Franking Sense® staff donned specially created purple & blue t-shirts at its Bolton HQ and, backed by a generous donation from the company itself, raised much-needed funds for Fortalice in the process.
Fortalice is a local Bolton based charity providing frontline services for families, children and young people (including a refuge), who are victims of domestic abuse and violence. Through the support raised through events like #WEARITPROUD, Fortalice is able to help to keep victims safe when needed most.
To put into context the work Fortalice does, for the year ending March 2019, an estimated 1.6 million women in the UK aged 16 to 74 years experienced domestic abuse (ONS, 2019). In the year of 2020, the dedicated advice team at Fortalice alone dealt with over 800 calls for support from survivors of Domestic Abuse - a 45% increase from 2019.
If you are able to make a donation to this amazing and hard-working charity, you can do so here:
Here’s how you’re kindness can make a difference:
£15 could pay for a call to the Fortalice advice line to offer crisis 1-2-1 support.
£20 can pay for the cost of a welcome pack for when a family arrives to the refuge.
£35 could provide a session of online therapy for a child.
£50 can pay for a special family trip to the cinema including travel and food.
With your support, here’s what Fortalice can continue to provide:
Fortalice offers services to people of all ages such as:
- Group work including The Freedom Programme – a 12 week programme to support victims;
- 1:1 Adult & Child Counselling services;
- Advice, advocacy and crisis support;
- Face to face, phone call and webchat service.
Education in schools
Sessions delivered by their teacher trained educators:
- Healthy Relationships Programme (early intervention education programme);
- Hate crime;
- Internet safety;
- Bespoke packages;
- Teacher training sessions.
Children & young people
CYP services cover ages 0 - 19 who are suffering the effects of domestic abuse and violence:
- 1:1 Just For You sessions;
- Breaking Free Project;
- Recovery tool kit;
- Secondary school educational deliveries.
Fortalice’s refuge accommodates 22 self-contained fully furnished flats providing a warm welcoming atmosphere for women and children. Staff support is available 24 hours a day helping them through recovery. The dedicated team support with emotional, education and practical help towards their independence.
If you would like to donate, you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Franking-Sense-WearItProud-2021.
Let's make a difference!