Women’s refuge wins national award for its work

Social housing provider Stonewater is celebrating after its South Asian Women’s Refuge in Bedford won a national Women in Housing award last night.


The refuge provides safe, supported housing for South Asian women and children fleeing domestic abuse and was announced the winner of improving the lives of women or communities (large) category.

Stonewater provides good-quality, affordable homes for those who need them most; and this includes those who find it most difficult to access housing.

Stonewater’s refuge has been recognised for its culturally sensitive approach to working with residents and helping the refuges women and families achieve independent living.

The refuge also offers on-site support from an immigration specialist, to help families with any Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications. To date the refuge has achieved a 100 per cent success rate for ILR applications.

Nicholas Harris, chief executive of Stonewater, said: “South Asian women that are victims of domestic abuse can be particularly vulnerable and find it difficult to access statutory support services due to their immigration status. Without refuges’ like ours, these women and their families face homelessness and destitution in an already potentially life-threatening situation.

“We’re proud to win this award for our dedicated work in supporting marginalised communities like this one and grateful for the ongoing passionate support our colleagues show to the women at the refuge.”

For more information about Stonewater’s supported housing, visit the page or contact the customer care team on 01202 319 119.

The not-for-profit organisation was shortlisted for another three national awards and it’s Executive Director for Customer Experience, Sue Shirt, won the award for Woman of the Year:Tenant/Customer Focus.

The awards ceremony took place on Thursday, October 10, at the Emirates, Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester.