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Update from the CEO

So far 2021 has been a challenging year for many, with lockdowns, restrictions and more. Our team at The Elm Foundation ha continued to work hard to deliver services to those who need it most through these demanding times. Their commitment and effort over the past year has really made the difference to many lives, and for that I thank all of you.

I’m pleased to say that I have some positive news to report from several areas of the charity, including extra funding to support different projects and new training courses that will be launching soon. There’s also lots happening behind the scenes too, which I’ll be looking forward to announcing soon.

Again a huge thank you to everyone that has supported The Elm Foundation.



Partnership 31 Funding

We recently secured three years’ worth of funding from BBC Children In Need for the continued delivery of the ‘BraveART’ project in collaboration with Partnership 31.

BraveART brings creative activities to refuge kitchen tables once a week in term time, just for children. Sessions are led by Artists and creative facilitators and give children the freedom to access quality art materials and activities created by the Artists.

These sessions allow the children to play, use their imagination and collaborate with others in the process too. They build a sense of pride, provide escapism, and have forged friendships amongst the children and families.

Since COVID-19 we’ve had to create art postal packs, however, from this August we’re excited to reintroduce these activities back into refuges and be amongst these amazing children again.

Training Courses

During the last few months, we’ve been running online domestic abuse training courses. These courses are designed to develop attendees’ understanding of domestic abuse and how it is perpetrated, how victims present, and ways to help them.

We have hosted 15 courses so far with over 260+ attendees! As a result of the training, 98% of attendees who completed our feedback forms stated they strongly agreed/agreed that they were able to recognise possible indicators of domestic abuse and knew where to signpost victims/survivors to for local and national domestic abuse support.

The average rating received for our training has been over 4.5/5 stars and based on this success we’re now launching a new series of training starting in September. We’re proud to say that several of the courses will be CPD accredited. Click here to register your interest and be the first to hear about the new dates and courses.

Choices Project – National Lottery Funding

The Elm Foundation together with Crossroads Derbyshire and NCHA/Derbyshire WISH are delighted that we’ve been awarded over £400,000 in National Lottery funding to support the ‘Choices’ project.

The ‘Choices’ project will work with children and young people to address and reduce abusive tendencies at the earliest possible time. It will help them make positive life choices that will prevent them from becoming adult perpetrators of domestic abuse. The funding will support the project for the next 3 years and will be launching soon.

Donations & Grants

So far, we’ve raised £66,000 from fundraising, including, corporate sponsorship, gifts from wills, Just Giving, individual donors and social work placements.

Our staff have secured grants of over £25,000 from Buttle Trust, Derbyshire Discretionary Fund, Young Women’s Fund, Mothers’ Union, Bingham Trust and many more.

This year we have also received donations of furniture, rugs, kitchen items, clothes, toys and more. A huge thank you to everyone that has donated to our cause, it all makes an enormous difference.

The Elm Foundation Refuge Decoration

Four of our refuges have been fully refurbished and decorated from funding from Severn Trent. Our refuges are now fully fitted with the latest appliances, and we even have areas dedicated for wheelchair users with adjustable kitchen counters and cooking hobs.