Students help domestic abuse victims start afresh

Health and Social Care students from Milton Keynes College have been raising funds to help victims of domestic violence start new lives in safety.The National Diploma students organised fundraising activities as part of citizenship activities at MK College and collected £130 by selling cakes, Valentine's cards, and carrying out beauty treatments.The money has been used to buy starter packs for MK ACT, (the new name for Milton Keynes Women's Aid), which provides safe emergency accommodation in Milton Keynes for women and children escaping domestic violence."These packs contain basic equipment like cutlery, plates, saucepans, a kettle and toaster, which people who escape abuse need when they start their new life elsewhere," explained health and social care tutor Sally Archer."We believe it's important for students to get involved in their community, and the fact students could see exactly what their money had bought gave them a real sense of achievement," said Sally.Irene Chittenden, head of services with MK ACT, said the packs will be used to equip some of the 20 flats which provide emergency temporary accommodation for families fleeing domestic violence and abuse in Milton Keynes."Often, the women and children who use our service have to leave their homes in a hurry and abandon all their possessions," Irene explained."The flats will be furnished but now the residents can take this essential equipment with them when they leave and move on to a new home. I'd like to thank the students for their innovative ideas and commitment to raising funds to support people who find themselves in this often very dangerous and desperate situation."

 *If you are a victim of domestic violence/abuse, and need confidential advice, support, information and access to emergency accommodation, call MK ACT on 0844 375 4307 (office hours). This service is available to all victims of domestic violence, regardless of gender.