South Hampshire women’s refuge appeals for household basics

South Hampshire Women’s Refuge in Southampton is appealing to the community for kitchenware, crockery, white goods, bedding and other basic household items which are urgently needed by residents moving from the shelter into independent living over the next few months.

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“We had a tremendous public response to our Christmas campaign with many generous local people going online to our Amazon wish-list to buy winter clothing and other essential items for our residents,” says Joanna Baker, Service Manager at Stonewater. “Many of our residents moving into new accommodation have come from desperate situations where they have had to leave all their possessions behind – they literally have nothing to start their new lives with. It’s a big ask but we’re hoping the community will help us again with bedding, curtains, kitchen equipment and tableware, cleaning products and even children’s beds and toys.”

South Hampshire Women’s Refuge, which is operated by social and supported housing provider Stonewater, offers safe and secure temporary accommodation for women escaping domestic violence and abuse, with the aim of helping them to eventually live independently in the community.

Gifts for South Hampshire Women’s Refuge can be purchased directly through the Amazon website at

Stonewater owns and operates four foyers, two women’s refuges and a wide range of other supported housing projects for adults and young people across the South of England.