Housing association staff help children have fun this Christmas

(L-R)- Lorraine Crane (Senior Operations Support Officer), Jonathan Weston (Repairs Supervisor)and Chereen Malcolm (Operations Support Officer)

(L-R)- Lorraine Crane (Senior Operations Support Officer), Jonathan Weston (Repairs Supervisor)and Chereen Malcolm (Operations Support Officer)


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Staff at two housing associations in Birmingham have voted in favour of donating the cost of their Christmas party to a local charity which supports woman and children affected by domestic violence and abuse.

Each year, WM Housing Group gives each of its employees £10 to put towards a Christmas lunch, but this year members of the Family and Optima Homeworks team raised £340 for Birmingham and Solihull Woman’s Aid after choosing to donate their money to the charity.

This contribution is the latest in a number of fundraising initiatives carried out by staff at Family and Optima, the two Birmingham-based housing associations within WM Housing Group. It will be used by Birmingham and Solihull Woman’s Aid to host a party for 100 children who are spending this Christmas in refuges.

The charity supports women and children affected by domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to live a life free from violence and fear. Earlier in the year staff at the housing associations voted to make it a ‘charity of choice’.

The Homeworks team, which carries out day-to-day repairs on Family and Optima properties, voted unanimously to donate their Christmas lunch money to the charity.

David Polhill, Property Services Manager at Family, said: “Working closely with residents from diverse backgrounds on a daily basis, staff here are acutely aware that for many people Christmas can be a very difficult time.

“We give the staff a reward at Christmas to thank them for all the hard work they put in throughout the year. It is a great testament to them that they decided to donate the money to such a worthy organisation.”

Maureen Connolly, Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Woman’s Aid, said: “Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid are delighted to accept this wonderful donation.  Christmas is a really difficult time for women and children who are affected by domestic violence and this is a really lovely gesture and we are really pleased that WM Housing Group is thinking of them”.?

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