For some time now members of the Grange Club have been collecting toiletries for Springfield House, where accommodation and support is given to seven single women who have been affected by domestic violence. The women share a kitchen, bathrooms and two reception rooms, and the aim is to provide them with the skills and self-confidence to live independently, and inspire them to achieve their own personal goals. They can stay there for up to two years, but most are ready to move on to independent living before that time. Springfield has been providing safe accommodation for vulnerable women since 1915, and previously was a home for unmarried mothers.
Although government finding is received through ‘Supporting People’ and rental income, there is always a shortfall in the running costs, and some of the rooms are badly in need of upgrading, so the Club agreed to ‘sponsor’ a bedroom. In December as one room at the top of the house was vacated – and before the new occupier arrived – a team of four Soroptimists moved in with sandpaper, brushes and paint. It was remarkable how much could be achieved in just one day! As word spread, local shopkeepers kindly supplied – free of charge – a bedhead, a bedroom chair, pictures, new bedding and towels, a bedside lamp, a mirror, etc, etc. The pictures show the transformation that took place!
We hope that we will be able to repeat the process when the next bedroom falls vacant.