A Crystal Palace charity which counsels battered women has raised more than £10,000 with a crowdfunding appeal to pay for training programmes which will now help women affected by domestic violence the opportunity to get back into employment.

Living Water Satisfies – which runs the restaurant of the same name on Westow Street – says the £10,000 will cover a six month period of training for 10 women who are in the early stages of rebuilding their lives.

There will be four courses a month: customer service, baking, cheffing and coffee making (barista work).

Cost breakdown:

Refurbish our current training room  – Estimated Cost – £2500
Purchasing extra baking equipment and tools – £1,000
Tutor fees –  (3 hr / wk @ 15/ hr ) – £1,080
Administrator fees (3 hr/ wk @ £9/hr) – £648
Ingredients  (£120 per session) – £2,880, partly subsidised
Travel Cost for the trainees – £960
Childcare costs – £932 (for those who cannot claim childcare support)

How your contributions helped:

£30 – would cover tutor and admin fees per woman per month
£60 – would cover tutor, admin and travel per woman per month
£90 – would cover tutor, admin, travel and childcare cost per woman per month
£120 – would cover tutor, admin, travel, childcare and tools per woman per month
£150 – would cover tutor, admin, travel, childcare  and tools per woman per month plus room repairs

The crowdfunder  raised raised £10,305 with 83 supporters in 43 days

LWS “New Beginnings” Programme

This programme has been crafted specifically as several mini-academies with the specific aim of training a group of women  in hospitality and catering – areas such as customer service skills, baking, cheffing and coffee-making.

Beneficiaries are encouraged and supported to choose the area they are most passionate about and get full training in these areas. After successful training some of our beneficiaries will go on to secure jobs with support of  their case worker and job centre. Some of the more exceptional trainees are retained as our own paid members of staff.

This model of training  creates a constant cycle of trainee to trainer, allowing us to take on new candidates which then creates a self- sustaining project. We find women who can become trainers feel they are making a difference and impacting peoples lives in a positive way and also gives them a sense of ownership to the project and voice to those with lived experiences.

Our Impact

We are confident these programmes work . Ninty percent of our beneficiaries have said that as a result of attending our training, they have been able and are motivated to actively seek  employment opportunities.

They have built their confidence through a steady work routine and working in a team.  Been able to forge new friends and build new networks whilst on the programme and in the latter stages of the programme, enabling them to become trainers themselves.

As a result, we are getting more referrals which is leading to the demand for more trainers to impart skills,  confidence, and build up self-esteem.

LWS is a social enterprise passionate about giving women in refuge, the opportunity to rebuild their life and mental health by running training programmes in hospitality and catering. These programmes are  geared at getting these women back into the workforce. We are crowdfunding now to grow this project to ensure we can help more women.

About Domestic Violence

In the United Kingdom, one in four women will experience Domestic Violence in their lifetime. While support usually focuses on solving the immediate problem of physical abuse, the insidious impact of Domestic Violence can include depression, loneliness and a sense aimlessness, symptoms that can manifest days, months or even years later. The sad reality is that even after help has been given, a woman’s previous life is basically over. Everything she once knew has to be rebuilt from the ground up, including making new friends, rebuilding networks and re-entering the working world.

LWS is a Social Enterprise located in Crystal Palace, London. Launched in 2001 to support women who were leaving refuge. Working with our local women’s aid and other voluntary organisations, we were able to successfully reintegrate the women back into society through self assertiveness and confidence training programmes, motivation workshops and basic ICT skills.

In 2009, LWS registered as a Social Enterprise to self-sustain our project and in 2017, we have successfully expanded our premises with the inclusion of a bakery, coffee bar and cocktail bar, allowing us to expand our training programme to include these new areas of our expertise.

Today, our goal is to impart viable and practical skills, enabling the women to re-enter the working world while rebuilding the confidence lost due to the abuse. (Source: LWS website)


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