Our 50th Anniversary

2022 marks Leeds Women’s Aid’s 50th year supporting women and children, who have been affected by domestic violence and abuse. To mark this amazing milestone, we are fundraising for a brand new outdoor space, including a children’s playground, for one of our refuges. We will also be sharing key facts from our last five decades in action, as well as exploring memories and experiences of those we have worked with over our long history. Take a look below to find out more about our 50th anniversary and how you can get help us to mark it.

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Our 50th Appeal

To mark our 50th year, we have launched a fundraising appeal to raise funds for a new children’s outdoor play area and dedicated tranquil garden space for residents at one of our refuges to rest, recover and connect with others. This safe, relaxing outdoor environment will help clients as part of their recovery from the effects of domestic violence and abuse.

Residents have stressed the importance of a garden to them, with one client valuing the outdoor space as “a place I can connect with my children”.

To help us achieve our 50th anniversary goal of raising £50,000 to complete the refurbishment of Emmeline’s garden, we would love to raise £10,000 towards the project through this appeal. Please click the button below to donate.

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A History of the Last 50 Years

In 1972, a group of local women set up Leeds Women’s Aid to support women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse. In 1973, they opened the first women’s refuge in the UK outside of London. 50 years later, we continue to support families affected by domestic violence and abuse to live safe lives, free from abuse. Click on the button below to see a special 50th Anniversary timeline of Leeds Women’s Aid’s history and continue to scroll to see some key facts we have been sharing on social media. 

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“I’ve worked with and for Leeds Women’s Aid for over 20 years, so I feel it’s in my blood! I worked for HALT for 17 years until I joined LWA in 2017, then LWA and HALT worked together to merge the 2 unique organisations, making the largest women’s organisation in Leeds. We’ve grown from strength to strength in both the services we offer and our reputation. I’m the most proud of the willingness of all of those involved within LWA, from staff, volunteers and trustees, to embody our values to Be Exceptional, Be Courageous, Be Inclusive, Be Inspirational and Be Responsive and to adapt to both exciting and challenging circumstances.” 

– Nik Peasgood, Chief Executive of Leeds Women’s Aid

Your Memories of Leeds Women’s Aid

As part of our 50th year, we are collecting memories and thoughts of Leeds Women’s Aid from the last 50 years. If you have worked with us in any capacity over the last 5 decades, we would love to hear from you. In the meantime, please enjoy quotes below from our partners, former clients and current and former staff and trustees.

“Leeds Roses are so proud to be supporting Leeds Women’s Aid and the fantastic work they do. As a local women’s team it’s important to us to be involved with local charities, and LWA is close to our hearts. We look forward to supporting them for years to come and are delighted to wear their heart on our jersey sleeves.”

– Our partner, Leeds Roses Women’s Ice Hockey Team

“The time I spent in refuge changed my life. Gave me breathing space. And growing space. And a safe space. Life changing circa 1991”

– A former Leeds Women’s Aid client

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