Mayor and Deputy Mayor
The Mayor's Charity Appeal
Bromley and Croydon Women’s Aid
BCWA was set up in 1975 to provide high quality services to anyone fleeing domestic abuse in Bromley. Formerly known as Bromley Women’s Aid, we changed the name in 2016 to BCWA as Croydon Women’s Aid was forced to shut down after losing its funding.
In 41 years of work in the local community, BCWA has expanded its services to include prevention, outreach and refuge services. We currently run 7 refuges in Bromley and one in Croydon, where women and children are provided with 1to1 support, complex needs support for women with drug and alcohol misuse or mental health issues, resettlement support at move-on. We also provide accommodation and support to women with no recourse to public funds and are under the care of the local authority.
Outreach services include telephone support, 1to1 support and specialist support to young victims of relationship abuse aged 11 to 20. BCWA also co-ordinates the Bromley One Stop Shop, a free and confidential multi-agency drop-in service, and run support groups aimed at long-term changes to safety and wellbeing of survivors. Child Support Officers support children in refuge and organise activities during school holidays. There are programmes in primary schools aimed at prevention and early intervention.
BCWA works closely with the local statutory and voluntary sector,, focuses on maintaining the independence, confidence and self-esteem of our clients, providing a holistic and client-centred service.
The Bromley Homeless Shelter
A project run by the ‘Churches Together in Central Bromley’ to help homeless people, giving preference to those who have a connection to the Bromley Borough. We are supported by several local churches and many residents.
During the coldest and most difficult time of the year, The Bromley Homeless Shelter gives twelve homeless people in Bromley, a warm, safe place to sleep, a hot meal in the evening and breakfast in the morning in a central Bromley location. Just as importantly, 1to1 support and advice is provided, helping the guests to start to put their lives back together.
During the mornings, we try to create opportunities to meet up with other support and advice services. The Shelter is open from December 1st to mid-March to homeless people. Guests who find accommodation are given Starter Packs which provide them with basic household items through an associate charity. Throughout the year, a wide range of support is given to homeless people helping them access financial support, securing accommodation, getting ongoing mental health support etc.