Town Mayor supports Berkshire Women's Aid
Councillor Elizabeth O’Keeffe is to remain the Newbury Town Mayor and Councillor Billy Drummond the Deputy Mayor until the Annual Meeting next year. The Mayor has chosen to support local charity Berkshire Women’s Aid as she goes into a second term in office.
Berkshire Women’s Aid provides confidential support, information, outreach services and refugee accommodation for women and children who are affected by domestic abuse and violence. They work throughout Bracknell, Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. They also provide advice and signposting services to men and children.
The Mayor said, “During lockdown, there has been a rise in domestic abuse. The Domestic Abuse Bill recently passed through its first reading in the House of Parliament. Domestic abuse takes many forms; physical violence, verbal abuse, controlling a life through depriving rights and freedoms, financial deprivation and much more. We should also be aware that both men and women can be perpetrators. This form of abuse knows no gender, age or social background.”
CEO of Berkshire Women’s Aid, Andrea West, said “We are very grateful that Cllr O’Keeffe has announced that BWA will be one of her chosen Mayoral charities for 20/21. This is especially important currently, as the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdown measures have put domestic abuse victims and their families at increased risk.
"We look forward to working together throughout the year to raise awareness of domestic abuse and the impact it has on our communities in Newbury to ensure survivors get the support they need when they need it most.”
This will be the second charity the Mayor of Newbury will be supporting in her new term in office as she will be continuing to support Time to Talk. At the end of her year in office, funds raised through Mayoral activities will be split evenly between the two charities.