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Local group offer a helping hand

Mothers Union

A caring group of local people are doing their bit to help some of the most vulnerable people in the local community.

The Diocese of Coventry Mothers Union will raise money to put together toiletry bags and purchase new clothes for the soon to be opened Blue Sky Centre (Sexual Assault Referral Centre), which will be based at George Eliot Hospital. These can then be handed out to people who use the centre.

Building work recently started on the Blue Sky Centre which will offer service to anyone in Warwickshire and Coventry who has experienced sexual assault. The centre will primarily focus on a medical response to a recent event but will also act as a gateway to other services that will assist in a victim’s recovery.

Di Sliwinski Diocesan President of the Mothers’ Union said: “I recently attended a very insightful event looking at violence against women. This helped me realise that anyone suffering this kind of abuse needs as much help and support as possible to break free from it and rebuild their lives. Offering to assist is our small way of helping them achieve this and showing that there are people who will care for and support them.”

Centre Manager, Tony Mumford, said: “We really appreciate the support of the Mother’s Union, I’m sure their efforts will be greatly appreciated by the local people who have to use this service at an extremely difficult time in their life.”

Updating on the progress of the new centre, Tony added: “I’m pleased to say constriction of the centre has begun with the foundations being laid on the hospital site. The actual building is already under construction at a factory in Coventry and will be literally dropped on to the George Eliot site once the ground has been prepared. We’ve already been for a look around the factory and got a feel for what the centre will be like; it looks very impressive.”

Agencies across Coventry and Warwickshire including the police, NHS, Warwickshire and Coventry Councils together made a firm policy and financial commitment to improve services for survivors of sexual assault and establish a Sexual Assault Referral Centre in the region. This is now coming to fruition.

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