Annually on the 8th March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. International Women’s Day is an opportunity to be proud of how far the fight for women’s equality has come while continuing to push for action in areas where progress still needs to be made.

It is also a time to consider those women in our communities in need of support and the organisations that give it to them.

Women Acting in Today’s Society (W.A.I.T.S) supports over 300 Domestic Abuse survivors and their children annually. Our staff support women to report their abuse to police, support mothers in child custody cases, we provide refuge accommodation for women fleeing Domestic Abuse and provide counselling to women in need of emotional support. We also work to empower women from BAME communities, giving them the knowledge and confidence they need to achieve their potential.

We are a small, Birmingham based charity operating in difficult times: while the economy may be improving overall, changes to the public sector have seriously reduced many traditional sources of funding. We are passionate about our work and, with your help, we want to do more to support women. That is why we are launching our 2015 International Women’s Day fund and awareness raising campaign: #WAITS4Women

To help you spread the word we’ve also prepared this presentation (click here) for you to share with your friends, colleagues and employers.

How you can help

We’re looking for three types of people to help us with our 2015 IWD fundraising campaign:

Fabulous Fundraisers

If yo2u’re the kind of person who enjoys a bit of hands on fundraising we would love for you to get involved in helping raise a little for W.A.I.T.S. What you want to do is up to you but ideas could include:

  • a small bake sale or coffee morning at work or amongst friends
  • undertaking a sponsored activity
  • holding a raffle
  • running a craft stall

It doesn’t matter whether you raise £10 or £100 all your efforts will be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in becoming one of our Fabulous Fundraisers contact Henrietta on volunteers@waitsaction.org.

Delightful Donators

3If you want to help but are short on time you are more than welcome to donate directly to W.A.I.T.S through our Local Giving Page. What’s more, if you donate £5 on Wednesday 25th February Local Giving might just double your donation, how good is that?

If you would like to become a Delightful Donator go straight to www.localgiving.com/charity/waits and donate today.

Super Sharers

4While, naturally, every donation counts, we are also extremely grateful to those people who are able to help share and promote our campaign. Whether it’s a retweet or facebook share, inviting friends to view the campaign or encouraging local celebrities, politicians, organisations or campaigners to show their support – every bit really does help us get the word out.

If you’re a Super Sharer you can click here for some pre-designed social media content. Don’t forget to follow us on twitter: @waitsaction and like us on Facebook: W.A.I.T.S – Women Acting in Today’s Society.

Case Study:

Sharon* was subjected to domestic abuse in the form of physical, mental and emotional abuse, at the hands of her now, ex-partner for a period of five years. She arrived at WAITS offices destitute, bruised and scared for her life. Sharon was introduced to a support worker who has been there to offer practical and emotional advice and support throughout her journey.

With the support of staff, Sharon felt confident enough to make a complaint to the police and report all the abuse that she had been subjected to.

Since accessing W.A.I.T.S services Sharon has begun receiving counselling and has moved into a WAITS refuge. Sharon has now started her driving lessons and a college course and is looking forward to a positive happy and bright future.

*While the events described in the case study are real, names have been changed to protect the identify of the individual.