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Basildon Women's Aid is a charitable organisation providing a refuge for women and their children who have been victims of domestic violence, which may be physical, mental or sexual.

Many hundreds of women have taken refuge with us since the refuge opened in 1977. The refuge offers an escape route from violence and a chance to seek alternatives to a life of danger, isolation and fear.

Almost all domestic violence is directed by men against women, but it can and does occur in lesbian and gay relationships and in a very small minority of cases, by women against men. Although this web-site can be used by everyone who is in a violent relationship, it is mainly addressing women.



Charity Ball 2014


Basildon Women’s Aid Friends of Refuge Kids are holding their 6th Charity Ball
on 19th September 2014


Last September, Friends of Refuge Kids, held the fifth successful Charity Ball at Orsett Hall,Thurrock, to raise much needed funds for children who are resident in our refuges. These children have often been subjected to physical, mental and sexual abuse and need to leave their home and familiar environment, sometimes in fear for their own safety as well as that of their mother. Sometimes the family arrives with little more than the clothes they are standing up in, leaving all possessions behind. 
The events planning team are pleased to announce that in an effort to raise further funds we have arranged another Charity Ball on Friday, 19th September 2014 at Orsett Hall. This fabulous evening will be a fun and prestigious event giving the opportunity to support children whose lives have been affected by abuse. 
We aim to raise more funds towards activities for children resident in refuge accommodation and we would be pleased to provide more information to anyone who may be able to help. The activities in the past have included therapeutic projects but also fun events and trips as many of the children have never enjoyed a holiday break or day out without stress and upset. Following last year’s Ball the children have enjoyed many fun activities and seasonal parties and with the current financial climate our fundraising events are as important as ever.
We are, once again, offering the opportunity to sponsor parts of the evening or provide an item for auction or raffle.  Whilst any donations will be most welcome, any unusual or exclusive items will be particularly suitable for auctioning. 
We are hopeful that we can rely on your support to make this event a memorable and enjoyable evening for everyone. Every sponsor will be acknowledged in all literature relating to the event and if you could offer any help in any way we would be extremely grateful.

For further information: - see Basildon Women’s Aid website www.basildonwa.org;
Email refuge@basildonwa.org or phone 01268 581591


Raising funds

Huge thank you to Basildon Round Table who very kindly donated £1060 for the families to attend a trip to the theatre. The families had a great time watching the Sound Of Music.

Clients at the theatre


Visiting the refuge

Gavin Callaghan (Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Basildon & Billericay), Mike Le Surf ( CLLR for Labour Parliamentry Candidate) and Gloria Piero (MP) came to visit the refuge.

“I feel incredibly lucky to have been selected to stand for parliament in my hometown because I get to meet inspiring people and groups. Since my selection in December, I have met hundreds of people but today was the most moving and powerful visit that I have undertaken in this role.
I have lived a relatively sheltered life with my parents happily married for more than 30 years. I cannot begin to imagine the anguish for women and children in those kind of situations. As a prospective MP however, it my job to try. That is why I'm keen to do anything and everything that I can to support you and your team.”
Gavin Callaghan
"I would like to thank the staff for their welcome and for a very informative visit. As the parliamentary candidate for the area it was important for me to find out more about this vital service in the heart of our community." Mike
Cllr. Mike Le-Surf

Edward Carter in Benfleet

Edward carter team photo
David Bancroft, Sara Bancroft, Janet James, Colin Taylor, Lauren Barton from Edward Carter in Benfleet visited our  crisis refuge and very kindly donated £250.00 to Basildon Women’s Aid.

Goldcrest Nursery Fun Day

Goldcrest nursery in Billericay raised £300 for BWA . They held a family fun day and all the parents/carers and supporters attended. Louise from the nursery wishes to thank all the parents/carers, children and supporters for all their help and donations.

Basildon Women's Aid would like to thank all involved.




If you have any old working mobile phones, with chargers, please donate them to BWA. Also any unused sim cards are useful to us.

 Please call: 01268 581591 if you would like to donate.


BWA Contact Information: Tel: 01268 581591 | Fax: 01268 581791 | e-mail: enquiries@basildonwa.org

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