SoLDAS Boston Women's Aid is a specialist domestic abuse charity, established in 1987, working in some of the most rural areas of England: south/eastern parts of Lincolnshire. We provide refuge for families fleeing abuse, support victims through crisis and beyond until they feel confident they no longer need any intervention.
We work in primary and secondary schools, delivering workshops on health relationships and give one-to-one support to children affected by domestic abuse.
Through our Rural Community Hub we meet and support victims from very isolated small hamlets in the coastal fens of Lincolnshire where access to services is extremely limited.
We piloted the county-wide Make A Change (MAC) project which has now been evaluated and funded for three years: we support victims and children where the perpetrator is undertaking a 26-week specialist course to help change their behaviours.
Move On Together (MOT) peer mentoring project where trained volunteers (many of whom are former victims) provide ongoing low level support to victims who've come through crisis and are living in their own home again but feel they just need an understanding voice from time to time.
The charity believes in empowering and developing staff; staff have progressed from victim to volunteer, to part-time support and on to become domestic abuse project leader.
SoLDAS plays an active part in county and regional domestic abuse strategic groups and in WAFE
(Women's Aid Federation of England).