70th Bright Space Opens!
We were delighted to open our 70th Bright Space on 16th July! The Bright Space is for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, living in a Solace Women’s Aid refuge in London. This is our third Bright Space to open for Solace Women’s Aid in the city.
The Bright Space has transformed the communal living area of the refuge to provide a comfortable, inviting and child-friendly environment in which children can play, learn, relax and have fun, safe from the threat of intimidation and violence. It also provides an environment in which positive relationships can be developed and families can interact, breaking down the isolation of their experiences, and supporting their recovery.
Tracy Wilkes-Green, the Foundation’s Bright Space Manager said, “We are delighted to open this Bright Space for Solace Women’s Aid to help children recover from the trauma of their experiences. I am so proud that we have opened our 70th Bright Space; because with every Bright Space that opens, we are able to make a positive difference to more children and families. All of this is made possible by the generosity of our fundraisers, volunteers and donors; and relationships with our partners who use our Bright Spaces to help disadvantaged children.”
Louise Acunzo, Refuge Services Manager for Solace Women’s Aid said “We cannot thank Bright Horizons, their volunteers and donors enough for their amazing support which has transformed the refuge living room into a warm, welcoming space for our service users to recover from their trauma. It provides a safe, comfortable environment in which they can spend time together as a family as well as others living in the refuge. The children have endless toys, games, books and art materials to play with, having lost their homes and belongings. The positive impact on the well-being of the women and children is immeasurable. We are privileged to be the beneficiaries of this incredible support.”