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Pathway Project in Lichfield has been delivering assistance to victims of sexual and domestic violence for 30 years. Some of the services the organisation provides include a 24-hour helpline, refuge accommodation, counselling services, wellbeing activities and a range of self discovery and confidence building groups. With help from FareShare, Pathway Project can offer sustenance for those in need.

We dont take it for granted, shared Wendy Dee, Head of Operations at Pathway Project. Everything counts. Every bag of potatoes. Every loaf of bread. It makes a huge difference and theres a lot of lives that would be affected without this amazing support.&rdqu

Persistence during the pandemic

Currently, there is a high demand for openings at the refuge. Service users are staying longer during the pandemic due to the housing shortage, as well as for mental health reasons. Pathway Project has worked hard to ensure families are accommodated and staying somewhere safe.

Unfortunately, during the first two weeks of lockdown we had to close one of our refuges, but we managed to help all of the families with hotel accommodation, said Wendy. We managed to get back up and running within two weeks, made sure our staff were comfortable and organised and established a new way of working.&rdquo

After getting back to work, Wendy and Hayley Baxter, CEO of Pathway Project, focused on making sure funding was there to keep the organisation in motion after dealing with the brunt of the pandemic.

How FareShare made a difference 

As well as providing vital food to people at a time when they need it most, support from FareShare helps Wendy and her team to put more of their resources towards the other necessities that victims of domestic violence need: 

We rely on donations — not just grants but the resource of FareShare in terms of the practical help with deliveries every week. Its a massive impact on refuge. It really makes a huge difference to have FareShare on our side.&rdqu

Theres so much to fund at the refuge. From womens clothing to childrens pyjamas, everything needs to be funded. Were so grateful for the financial donations that we get because it lets us buy the necessities and the nicer things as well.&rdqu

The Pathway Project is thankful for its partnership FareShare — the organisation feels its success has been spearheaded by these valuable resources.

Weve been supported by FareShare for quite some time. They frequently call to see if they can provide anything for us — theyve been invaluable for support and practicality.&rdquo

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