Wycombe Women’s Aid has received £4,700 to fund educational training and support for women who have experienced domestic violence in High Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks.

The donation was provided by The Discovery Foundation, supported by Santander, which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The charity offers support to women and children experiencing the effects of domestic violence in Buckinghamshire. In addition to emotional and practical support and community outreach, Wycombe Women’s Aid offers safe, temporary and emergency accommodation.

The grant will enable women in the local community to attend the ‘You & Me, Mum’ group, a 12-week programme for mothers who have experienced domestic abuse. The course will help women understand their role as mothers and how to address the needs of children who have lived with domestic violence. The women will develop self-confidence and self-esteem and will be empowered to support their children, helping to spread the message that domestic violence is not okay.

Sophie, Operations Manager at Wycombe Women’s Aid said: “We would like to extend our thanks to The Discovery Foundation for their donation. We are extremely pleased that we can now roll out the ‘You & Me, Mum’ group over the next two years and help survivors of domestic violence to support themselves and their children.”

Mark Watson, Branch Director at Santander’s High Wycombe branch said: “The Discovery Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Wycombe Women’s Aid, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local women and children.”

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About Wycombe Women’s Aid
Wycombe Women’s Aid provides support to women and children experiencing the effects of domestic violence by offering safe, temporary and emergency accommodation as well as practical and emotional support within the refuge and through Outreach in the local community. This is achieved using an equal opportunities approach incorporated in a women centred philosophy. For more information please visit: www.wycombewomensaid.org.uk

The Discovery Foundation
Santander funds The Discovery Foundation which is at the heart of the Bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity:

  • Explorer: improving people’s knowledge
  • Transformer: supporting skills and experience
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges

The Discovery Foundation, which was launched on 1 March 2016, is the new working name of the Santander Foundation. Over the last five years, the Foundation has provided £25 million in funding to 12,600 UK charities and in 2016 a further £5 million will be available through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit: www.thediscoveryfoundation.org.uk

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its 1|2|3 products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. As at 31 December 2015, Santander UK was one of the most switched to banks. The bank serves more than 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 857 branches and 70 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.