Man with a van really deliver for women in need

Moving house because you're escaping family violence is a deeply emotional and upsetting experience. But our ongoing partnership with removalists Man With A Van has been vital in alleviating some of that stress.

For several years they have provided regular pro bono support in helping women and their children into their new homes.

The financial cost of moving would otherwise be an insurmountable burden at a time when resources are already really stretched; in 2017/2018, for example, 23 per cent of women coming to our safe house had no income. Having to come up with the funds to leave behind a violent relationship would make it virtually impossible for some women to leave, so the support  of  Man With A Van is playing a crucial role in keeping women safe.

Not only that, but the responsiveness of Man With A Van and their ability to organise moves at short notice has sometimes been vital in ensuring that a property, available within a limited timeframe, can be secured.

Our staff and women have found the moving teams sensitive and respectful of the women's needs at this stressful time, including being supportive of women with physical disabilities.

Explaining why Man With A Van has offered this support, their director Tim Bishop said: 'Domestic violence is all too common in our communities. In our line of work we often see the incredible difficulty women face in leaving an abusive partner.

'Through our partnership with McAuley we hope we’re assisting in a small way to make the moving process easier for women in need.'

McAuley thanks and acknowledges the difference Man With A Van is making to the lives of women and children at a time when they are vulnerable.