Breaking the cycle

Breaking the cycle

Cheshire Without Abuse offers a wide range of services to people to help break the cycle of domestic abuse. The charity offers advice, support and information for anyone who is currently experiencing or has previously experienced domestic abuse, and provides somewhere to stay or someone to talk to for people who feel alone and at risk.

Cheshire Without Abuse has been in operation since 1977, helping adults and children in Crewe and the surrounding area. They offer support with abuse ranging from physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial abuse that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship and that forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour.

Planning for the future

In 2015 Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales awarded a grant of £62,000 to Cheshire Without Abuse over three years, to contribute to the cost of the salary of the Chief Executive and the charity’s additional overheads.

As well as providing financial support which helped them reach as many vulnerable people as possible, the Foundation also matched Saskia Richie, Chief Executive of Cheshire Without Abuse, with Alyson Armstrong, Regulation and Compliance Manager at Lloyds Banking Group , who took up the role of Charity Mentor.  Alyson helped this already impressive charity to plan better for the future, become more aware of risks and learn how best to manage them.



Strength to strength

Alyson had a very personal motivation for wanting to get involved in the charity, having experienced domestic abuse herself. She explained, “domestic abuse affects people from every walk of life and I want to do whatever I can to help others overcome it. If charities like Cheshire Without Abuse were to disappear it would make the local community a less safe place for people who need things like this in their time of need”.

Alyson signed up to be a charity mentor through the Foundation and has been helping with risk assessments, planning for the future and people management, and drawing on her experience as a Risk and Compliance manager in the Group.

Alyson says, “The best things about supporting Cheshire Without Abuse for me is watching Saskia (Chief Executive) of the charity transfer the skills I’ve shared with her. I didn’t think I’d get as much back from helping a charity as I have done. It’s made me understand the gaps I’ve got in my knowledge and has contributed to adapting the way I work within the bank. I hope the relationship will go from strength to strength. I’m looking forward to helping the charity in the future.”

Alyson has prompted me personally to become a better Chief Executive and a better leader for the organisation.

Saskia Ritchie, Cheshire Without Abuse Chief Executive

Charity mentoring

We want to do more to encourage and support colleagues to use their skills and experience to support communities and charities.

Mentoring provides a much needed resource to charities in the current climate. They are supported to become more effective, more robust, and more sustainable. At the same time, our colleagues benefit from stretching their skills in new settings, developing new capabilities, and building stronger ties to the communities where they live and work.

The Charity Mentoring Programme utilises the skills of Lloyds colleagues to strengthen charities we fund – this is a crucial resource for charities surviving in a very tough climate.

Paul Streets, CEO Lloyds Bank Foundation

Charity mentoring

Helping Britain Prosper

All four of the Foundations receive on-going and sustainable funding from Lloyds Banking Group. Together they comprise the largest corporate foundation in the UK. Since 1985 they’ve distributed almost £600 million to charities.

Through our targets in the Helping Britain Prosper Plan, the Group will help communities to prosper through doing more to address inequality but also through leveraging colleagues’ talent and skills as mentors. The Group’s  target is to support 10,000 charities through our Foundations by 2020.

  1. Cheshire Without Abuse

  2. Helping Britain Prosper plan, Lloyds Banking Group