I am Claire, a 37 year old happily married Mum of 2 living in London. Following a 10 year career in fundraising for a leading charity, I now work in a part time Care Coordinator role. I am a degree educated, sociable, confident and loving person. I am an 'Ask Me' Ambassador for Jewish Women's Aid and am here to dispel any myths surrounding domestic abuse. I should know, because I am a survivor of domestic abuse. A survivor, not a victim.
I established Bags of Kindness in April 2020, during the coronavirus lockdown because I was horrified to read about the alarmingly high and rising rates of reported domestic abuse incidents and I wanted to do something to help, in any small way. For years I have run collections for domestic abuse refuges including a Christmas shoebox collection when I was on maternity leave with my first child. But now working less hours in my 'day job', its time! I feel I can really give back and spread kindness to women who have known much fear, trauma and sadness.
First and foremost, we provide bags of essential toiletries for women and buddy bags for children upon arrival into refuges. These are designed to make life that little bit easier and more comfortable at such a stressful and difficult time
We will do all we can to provide a bit of a treat from time to time, to boost morale and wellbeing and happy memories that can be cherished.
From our 'hugs in a mug', to pampering gift bags, to excursions and beauty treatment days - we will share goodwill and kindness when it is most needed
We will make sure that no child or woman living in the refuges we support, goes without a Christmas present. We will do all we can to ensure birthdays are celebrated from presents, to cards, decorations and cake.
We will support the refuges to mark other occasions and festivals from Eid, to Halloween, to Easter and Mother's Day.
We will support the refuges in any way we can. From providing arts and crafts materials to sourcing and delivering equipment and kit needed such as buggies, nappies and sanitary products