Charity to host pub quiz tonight to save Northamptonshire's refuges from closing

Staff and volunteers at Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service have issued a plea for more money to fund staff and their refuges. Pictured L-R: Jolene Taylor, Zoe Tatham, Natriece Westwood, Pierre Ellson, Coleen Brown and Sue O'Sullivan.
Staff and volunteers at Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service have issued a plea for more money to fund staff and their refuges. Pictured L-R: Jolene Taylor, Zoe Tatham, Natriece Westwood, Pierre Ellson, Coleen Brown and Sue O'Sullivan.

The Pomfret Arms in Far Cotton is tonight hosting a Christmas quiz for Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service, with all funds raised going towards saving the county's refuges.

Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service (NDAS) currently provides six refuges within Northamptonshire to men and women fleeing domestic abuse but five out of six of these refuges will have to close if alternative funding is not found by the end of March 2019.

This comes after the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MCHLG) said it will not renew the grant for the Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service next year.

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This means that 21 spaces for adults and 34 spaces for their children will be lost, which includes three spaces in the male refuge, which is one of nine refuges solely for male victims in the UK.

The impact of this is that the county will only be left with five specialist spaces for women with substance misuse issues.

The concern now is the loss of these refuges will have a knock on effect with many other agencies, including Northampton Borough Council who will have to provide temporary housing if the victims are made homeless and Northamptonshire County Council will need to safeguard the children.

The quiz night starts tonight (Thursday) at 7pm at The Pomfret Arms in Cotton End, NN4 8BS.

The first prize for the raffle is for six people to go to the first Saints game of next season on January 18, with food and unlimited drink on the day - with thanks to Carlsberg.

There will also be a prize up for grabs for the best Christmas jumper, a special prize for carol singers.

If you cannot attend tonight's quiz you can still donate here by clicking this link.