Lord Mayor officially opens our fantastic new nursery!

24th October 2018

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito, attended the grand opening of our new nursery. We are very proud to be a local charity that supports women and children affected by domestic violence, running a 24 hour domestic violence helpline and purpose-built refuge with on-site nursery. Families, staff, trustees and honoured guests joined together on Thursday 4th October to celebrate.

 

The new nursery gives the families access to early years education, educational support for school-age children and childcare in a safe, secure space with specially trained staff who understand the impact domestic violence has on families and young people. The nursery staff work hard to support the children and their mothers, and to help find new school places for children who are often unable to return to their old schools.

 

The new nursery, bigger and better than the old one, now boasts two large rooms with equipment for play and learning, access to computers so that children can study or do their homework, a kitchen where they can learn how to cook and have a healthy cooked meal, a garden where they can play and learn how to grow and care for plants, and a large outdoor play area.

 

One mother wrote this poem to say thank you to the nursery for everything they do:

For all your patience… day to day,

For every tear you wipe away,

For “little hands” you gently hold,

And all the stories you have told,

For your counselling, tender heart,

And all the wisdom you impart,

For silly songs & quiet times,

For peaceful naps & nursery rhymes,

For teaching children how to share,

For being kind and being fair,

For every shoe that you have tied,

And for thoughtful words that instil pride,

For all the sweet things that you do,

To help children all year through,

For being there in place of me…

I’m grateful… and I’ll always be!

 

Our new nursery only exists because of the hard work of staff and trustees and the generosity and kindness of our supporters. Key donors to the project include: the Clothworkers Foundation, the Tudor Trust, the Henry Smith Charity, Garfield Weston Foundation, Barclays Bank PLC, Evesham Charitable Trust, the William A. Cadbury Charitable Trust, the Rotary Club of Birmingham, Baron Davenport’s Charity, the George Fentham Trust, Limoges Charitable Trust, the Grimmit Trust, the Michael Marsh Charitable Trust, the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Roger & Douglas Turner Charitable Trust, Jaguar Land Rover Solihull, Sir John Middlemore Trust, Roger and Michael Douglas Charitable Trust, Resolution, the Criffel Charitable Trust, Higgs & Sons, Royal Bank Scotland, Brewin Dolphin and the Bewley Charitable Trust.

 

For information, advice and support if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call our 24 hour helpline on 0121 507 0707.

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