Our Barnet Homes team were delighted to hand over a brand new kitchen to the Barnet Homes Domestic Violence Refuge just in time for Christmas.
The Refuge provides emergency housing for six households, the existing kitchen was in desperate need of replacement, but the funds were not available. R. Benson have worked with the team for many years on improvements to the property, when the Refuge approached us to ask if we could make some improvements to the existing kitchen it was clear the best option was a full replacement. We donated the full new kitchen, including a new cooker, and fitted it in time for Christmas.
The residents often arrive at the refuge with virtually nothing but the clothes they are wearing so we also joined in with Barnet Homes’ efforts to ensure that all the children staying there have lots of exciting presents to open on Christmas day.
Domestic Violence and Sanctuary Scheme Coordinator, Laura Poza Rodriguez, co-ordinated the kitchen project, liaising with R. Benson and the team involved, Dan and Adrian, were thrilled to learn how much difference their professional and free re-fit will make.
Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy Manager, Radlamah Caniakah said: “Bensons really made a difference to the lives of our vulnerable survivors of domestic abuse since the start of Minerva Project. Your team also donated gifts to the children, how amazing is this kind gesture! Christmas is a time for being around family, friends and loved ones. However for many vulnerable people, it is one of the loneliest and most difficult times of the year. Your donations bring joy and festive cheer into the children lives and their mums as well as making it a good Christmas for the families at Minerva House.”
Russell Neal, Director says “As a family run company we embrace opportunities to support the communities we work in. We have been working with the Refuge for several years and look forward to continuing our support in 2019.”