Camberley Athena Women's Institute     

June 2021 - Your Sanctuary

For our June Zoom Meeting we hosted Wendy Denty from Your Sanctuary Refuge, a Surrey based charity offering sanctuary, support and empowerment to anyone affected by Domestic Abuse. YSR runs two safe houses in Surrey for women and children fleeing domestic abuse; as well as a Community Outreach Service for men who are affected by abuse.  They also run a Surrey-wide specialist domestic abuse helpline which is available between 9am and 9pm, every day of the year (Call 01483 776822).


Nationally 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse, but shockingly, here in Surrey, the figure is 1 in 3!  Wendy explained why and when abuse occurs, how to recognise the more subtle signs that a neighbour, family member, friend or colleague is being abused and that it really can happen to anyone; regardless of socio-economic background. Calls to the helpline have increased dramatically since lockdown has been lifted and are double the rate usually received. 


The charity does wonderful work supporting these women and children; building up their self-esteem and self-worth. Wendy is passionate about raising awareness, much needed supplies and funding for Your Sanctuary Refuge.  96% of community fund raising goes directly to the refuge.  A particularly good source of income comes from selling quality donated items on eBay.  If you have any high end, or named brands of clothing, handbag, etc. which you no longer need, please consider donating them to Your Sanctuary.  We can manage these donations – do email us if you have anything suitable.