Back in the 1970s Berkshire Womens Aid (BWA) opened Reading’s first refuge for victims of domestic abuse. And through that and our other local refuges we have supported numerous local women and children over the years. Now BWA and Reading Rotary are funding the renovation and extension of that first refuge.
We need a refuge that brings accommodation for these desperate women and children into the 21st Century.
The plan is for an 18 room building that will help at least 90 families in its first 5 years. It’s a big undertaking but we’re up for the challenge! We’ve done surveys and energy assessments and will take a holistic approach to energy use reduction involving, fabric improvements, more efficient use of natural gas by introducing gas condensing boilers with highly efficient control systems, and to top it off solar panels that will actually help power the building. We do have some budget for energy efficient improvements but unfortunately not sufficient to cover the costs of solar panels and new boilers.
In summary, our project:
- Provides a better living environment and better quality of life for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse
- Being able to generate some of its own electricity reduces our carbon emissions and generates cost savings which help the charity become sustainable. Which is especially important given the cuts made by the local authority
Please support us in helping to change local lives.