Merton Giving grant provides women and girls with support when they’re at their most vulnerable.
The lockdown has had a huge impact on us all. But for those confined to just one room, those already struggling with mental health difficulties, and for those whose home is not a safe space, the consequences have been devastating.
The Inner Strength Network (ISN) provides vital support to women and girls during traumatic times in their lives due to issues such as domestic abuse, exploitation, or difficulties in school by offering 1-2-1 coaching support. However, as the pandemic swept across the UK, and meeting those outside of your household was no longer possible, the organisation had to find new ways to help those who needed them.
With a grant from Merton Giving, ISN purchased a range of technology so that support could continue remotely via video calls.
CEO of ISN, Maureen Bailey, explains the range of cases it is seeing: “We’re helping women carers who are being hurt by their parents; young girls stuck in just one bedroom feeling afraid for their parents and themselves and women who have had to move location during the pandemic. The funds are being used to help these women and girls, vital training for our volunteers and providing them with the technology to enable us all to remain in touch and support clients.”
The pandemic has brought about a big increase in the number of people looking for help, with cases of domestic abuse in particular rising dramatically. And ISN has been inundated with requests. “ISN works with the most vulnerable girls and women. We still have so much to do to help the most vulnerable”
The Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund
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