GE Aviation Systems, a world leader in providing aircraft engines and systems, have made a generous contribution of £5000 toward the Welfare Fund managed by our Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS).
The Welfare Fund is used to support GDASS clients on a flexible basis.
The fund can be used for emergency accommodation, smaller sundry items and anything in-between. Previously the Welfare Fund has been used to provide:
- Overnight hotel accommodation
- Dressing gowns and towels
- Supermarket vouchers
- School uniform items
- Topping up gas or electric meters
- Paying for new passports or driving licences
Ciara Owens, GDASS Deputy Manager, said: “We are grateful to GE Aviation Systems for their ongoing support for GDASS. Our Welfare Fund, which the donation will be put towards, is a real lifeline to those leaving abusive situations. The fund is intentionally easy for support workers to access on behalf of their clients and is not overly prescriptive about what the money can be used for.
In some instances, people leave from domestic abuse with literally just the clothes on their backs and with the Welfare Fund we can provide them with food, toiletries and overnight accommodation as required.”
GE Aviation Systems have an office in Cheltenham and have been supporting GDASS since it was established in 2012.
GDASS is fortunate to have a number of organisations who regularly support the Welfare Fund such as the congregation at Kemble church, located in the Cotswolds, who have donated more than £600 this Christmas in cash and vouchers. Last year an individual raised £1500 for the fund by climbing Kilimanjaro.
Find out more about GDASS here.