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April 2014
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Threshold’s specialist women’s services, supported tirelessly by Inspire Women volunteers, play an essential role supporting women and their children in our communities. In this issue of Threshold News we take a look at the role they play and the great work they’ve been doing.

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Inspiring women
Newcombe Refurbished Learning Zone at Park refuge

International ‘Girls just wanna have fun’ on Women’s Day, 8th March

bring women in Inspire Women came about to difficulties and Oldham who had experienced lnerability’ into struggles together, turning ‘vu ve change to confidence and making a positi their communities.

refurbish and Working on a major project to Park Oldham make better use of Newcombe e transformed women’s refuge, the group hav rning and Kidz several spaces such as the Lea Grow / Grow Zones, Wellbeing Space and Go vide amazing Create projects which will all pro to learn, come spaces for women and children e have donated together, and have fun! Inspir to Newcombe over 1000 hours of volunteering Park in the past 3 months.

which included of ‘Girls just wanna have fun’ g, card making, Zumba dancing, cake decoratin ch more. They nail painting, a teddy raffle and mu nal Women’s raised over £300 at the Internatio draising efforts Day events which brings their fun total to almost £2,000.

l support that By doing this it’s hoped the mutua n more lives Inspire offers can help turn eve of events during around. The group organised a number der the theme International Women’s Week un

st company in Becoming a community intere er long term August last year, Inspire has oth ing locally to plans too - including campaign are affected by support vulnerable women who h securing a welfare reforms along wit ial action and sustainable future for their soc empowerment programmes.

Two charities come together

Threshold moves to new office

Threshold is now running Ruffley House, and Tameside Women’s Project generously decided to transfer their remaining assets to Threshold, enabling quality children’s services to be continued. Children affected by domestic abuse in the family The two organisations signed an agreement on can continue to get support at the Ruffley House Monday 31st March at Threshold’s new offices in women’s refuge in Tameside thanks to an Ashton-under-Lyne.

Tameside Women’s Project ran Ruffley House for many years until the refuge became part of a wider initiative to combat substance misuse and domestic abuse in the community - the New Charter partnership, Bridges.

agreement between the Tameside Women’s Project and Threshold.

#OldhamSleepOut raises thousands

Just under 30 people slept in the cold for a night on 20th March at Oldham’s Mahdlo Youth Zone. Threshold has moved into the New Charter offices in Ashtonunder-Lyne which allows the organisation to make greater use of the facilities on offer. The volunteers, from a number of organisations including Threshold, have so far raised £1,740 in online donations alone.

Our new address is Threshold, New Charter, Cavendish 249, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7AT. Offices based in our housing schemes have not moved.

More donations and sponorship pledges are expected to follow in the days ahead, whilst a raffle is held for a signed Paul Scholes portrait. Proceeds will go towards the Inside Out service’s tenancy starter packs for newly housed homeless people.

The Guiness housing association donated £200 towards the target, and staff at Dunne’s & Dusted cleaning services contributed a generous £100.

Got a story for next month or want to comment on something in the newsletter? Email: john.bowden@newcharter.co.uk Phone: 0161 331 2443