Merry Christmas Everyone

Living Keys set up a Charity in December 2020 and became established as a Charity in May 2021.

It has been a tough, yet very rewarding journey. Bringing Hope to many who have been effected by Domestic Abuse.

Not only have we been able to give out Free Courses, which is offered to both men and women, and now completed training to help Children too, and looking to move forward with this in the schools withchildren effected by domestic abuse.

We are now running our “Cherished Support Group” every Monday, face to face and helping and supporting women to find their confidence once again, and dare to dream again.

We will also be running our Freedom Hub from January, we invite all those who have been on our courses and attended Cherished to a Social gathering, it could be breakfast at Van Hague, it could be lunch in town, or an evening meal at Toby’s, and in the summer, family gatherings with BBQ’s and games at Ferry Meadows…. I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead, although sometimes daunting.

Witnessing the change in others, for the better, bringing people together and showing them love and providing a safe place to be open and honest, it what it is all about. This journey is more than a job it is a Ministry, providing love and fellowship to the broken and bruised.

Through the pandemic of Covid, Domestic abuse figures have risen to a much higher level and where our homes are supposed to be a safe place, for many it isn’t. They live in fear and dread due to the control of another. Children should feel safe in their own homes, but for many they are caught up in the crossfire of domestic abuse, bringing trauma and sometimes poor behaviour. It has become an “Epidemic in a pandemic”.

If anyone would like to donate and invest in the work we do, then please do, it would be very much appreciated.

you can donate by going onto https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk Then search for “Dare to Rise, Freedom from Domestic abuse.

Wishing everyone a peaceful and safe Merry Christmas.

God bless you through 2022 and beyond.

Linda

Founder of Living Keys

Can you Help?

Coming up to the Easter weekend, just takes me back to memories of where i started my freedom from domestic abuse and violence. 34 years today, I finally plucked up the courage and decided to leave a life of abuse, and have never looked back.

I remember holding onto words that i have read in Jeremiah 29v11…. “For i know the plans i have for you” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”.

I am standing on those promises today, and thank God for coming to my rescue.

Last year, i met a lady who had been through an awful ordeal of abuse by her husband. She had been married for 10 years and had 4 children, and she had finally had enough, she wanted to protect her children, and to get out of the relationship. Why didn’t she leave earlier, i hear some of you saying…. when you live in the cycle of domestic abuse, it is often too difficult to leave, the victim becomes subject to threats of violence or even death. They are already being controlled by the abuser, losing their self worth and self worth. What was once alien to them, has now become normal.

This lady, finally made her mind up to leave after one of her children had walked in on them fighting and he had seen the violence the father had done to his mother. She called the police, and he was arrested. He was let out on bail, on the condition that he did not return to the house, yet he still tormented her with text messages and fb messages that he was watching her. No longer feeling safe, she decided to seek Refuge, and left her home with her children with just a small bag containing a change of clothing just for her and her children.

We managed to get her to a Refuge, and she was in tears, as she had no money, as her husband was the one controlling all her money and now she was afraid that if she went to a bank to explain, she would be traced and husband would find out where she was. I took out £30 from my handbag and gave it to her asking her to make sure that she gets food for her and the children and to receive the support that Women’s Aid could give her whilst at the Refuge.

It broke my heart to see her and the little ones going off with just one small bag and the expressions on their faces that looked so hopeless.

Since then, i have heard back from the lady i helped. She has now moved to a different city, she is getting her life back and is now working. The Children are much happier and doing well at school. She said ” I am a long way off yet, but i am now free to be me.

Living Keys are now setting up a Charity Walk for Living Keys, and we will be walking 18 miles to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse and to raise much needed funds to keep the Charity going.

If anyone would like to donate you can do so via internet banking and the details are below:-

Account Name – Living Keys

Yorkshire Bank

Account No 46275497

Sort Code 05-06-67

For those who wish to donate, it would be lovely, if possible, to know who you are so we can share our journey with you in making a difference to those who have fallen victim to domestic abuse. We would love to be able to send out our quarterly News letter, so that you can stay up to date on what we are doing.

At the moment we are carrying out 4 courses a week, with over 40 Clients and that is only from January this year, when we started…. help us to be able to reach out and help others.

Thank you for taking time in reading this blog.

Happy Easter to you all, and may God bless you.

Linda