Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow?

50 years of supporting survivors of domestic abuse

Celebrate our past. Secure our future.

With funding running out by the end of 2025, we’re setting ourselves the challenge to fundraise £500k with the help of our incredible supporters, like you! With a dedicated team on hand to give you the support and guidance to help get the most out of your fundraising.

CWA-Funding Goal-Graphic

A note from our CEO, Debbie Beadle…

‘Thank you for your interest in Cardiff Women’s Aid. I am heartened by the support from our community, without which we would not be able to provide our much needed, life saving services. This is a vital time for us with funding ending in 2025, we are reliant on monies raised to keep our doors open and meet the increasing demand from women and children fleeing violence. We have been here for 50 years standing for and alongside women and we will still be here for as long as we are needed. We will not give up!…’

If you want to find out more about the impact we have on survivors, take a look at our video.

Yesterday.

In 1974 a committed group of women got together to campaign for, and open, the first refuge in Wales – this became Cardiff Women’s Aid. Since then, thousands of women and children have come through our doors from every community across the city, and beyond, to find a place of sanctuary and empowerment, to recover and thrive, free from abuse.

Today.

For the last 7 years we have been working with Cardiff Council as the lead partner for crisis response to violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. We take referrals from the police for all victims (all genders) for all call outs of domestic abuse and offer immediate places of safety and longer term support. We continue to provide this support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Last year 317 women were referred to us for refuge support, but we could only support 202. We did not have the space or capacity to provide nearly 40% of those needing refuge with support when they needed it most.

Tomorrow?

Beyond 2025, we do not know if we will have the funding to meet current demands, let alone the increase in need we are seeing from women and children across the city. We are planning ahead and diversifying our funding, including starting a social enterprise. However we need vital funds this year to keep our refuges open.

Our support is crucial

The graphic below details the figures we saw in 2022/2023. This year, we are already seeing an increase in demand.

How you can help

We invite you to join in and support our celebration of 50 years of dedicated work by women across our city to end violence against women and girls. Click on the links below to find out more.

From bucket collections to bake sales, find out how you can get involved with our ’50 for 50 years’ challenges. Fundraising is an excellent way to help.

Donate your time, skills and expertise to support us this year. Take a look at our latest opportunities on our volunteering page or get in touch if you have an idea you’d like to share.

Raise funds and awareness throughout your networks. Fundraising can be a great way to bring teams together whilst giving something back to your community.

Are you a school looking to fundraise?

If your school is looking to fundraise as part of the First Give program or Welsh Baccalaureate we have created a School Fundraising pack especially.

OUR 50TH EVENTS

We invite you to join in and support our celebration of 50 years of dedicated work by women across our city to end violence against women and girls. We have lots of exciting events planned throughout 2024 and 2025. Click on the links below to find out more.

‘Women On Top Of Wales’

Saturday 9th March 2024 – 9 am.

To celebrate international women’s day and mark the start of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we will be walking up Pen-Y-Fan!

‘Survivor Quilt’ Make

On-going throughout 2024/2025.

Over the year, we are inviting people to share their experiences through art by contributing to our survivor’s quilt. Please download a pack to learn more.

‘Herstory’ CWA Walk

Friday 21st June 2024 – Details TBC.

We invite you to walk with us through Cardiff to discover CWA’s history and some of the feminist landmarks in our city.

CWA 50th Awards Night

Friday 18th July 2025 – Details TBC.

To end our anniversary celebrations, we’ll be hosting a black-tie awards ceremony to give thanks to all those who have supported us this year.