Welcome to WHAG’s item donation shop! Here you can browse and purchase the items that WHAG need this month.
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Women’s Housing Action Group (WHAG) was established in Rochdale in 1981 by Rose Sumner. The aim of the organisation was to provide affordable supported accommodation to women aged 16-65 who were homeless, and Rose was determined that the accommodation would be affordable for women in employment.
The items listed here are those currently needed by WHAG. When you purchase a donation through this store, your exact purchased item is sent directly to WHAG. They can then distribute or use the donated items as required, making a real, tangible difference to someone’s life. It also means that WHAG don’t have to spend money donations on items, and can instead use it for those things only money can buy.
There is no minimum order size, and all items include free delivery.
WHAG don’t pay for their donation shop, and Give Today use just £0.50 of the item prices below to cover transaction costs and price fluctuations from suppliers. Give Today don’t profit from the sale of any items on the website.
WHAG at work:
WHAG began life as Rochdale Women’s Housing Aid Group in 1981. Their aim was to provide affordable supported accommodation to homeless women aged 16-65. At the time, there was no housing for homeless and vulnerable women in Rochdale, with homeless accommodation only available for single men, or women who were victims of domestic abuse. Rose Sumner, WHAG’s founder, set up a hostel on the Cloverhall Estate which offered shared accommodation for homeless women.
In 1996, working in partnership with St Vincent’s Housing Association and Rochdale Council, WHAG moved to Rose Court in Castleton. This meant they could provide 16 flats for vulnerable homeless women. They are all self-contained one bedroom flats, with their own kitchens and bathrooms. One flat also has extra adaptations so it is more suitable for disabled people. There are also support workers who support clients to develop the skills and resources to find and keep tenancies when they leave the project.
EMPOWERMENT – CHOICE – STRENGTH – CHANGE
WHAG also began to look at wider opportunities to support people in their communities. This led to them offering outreach and floating support services, and bidding successfully to run domestic abuse services in Rochdale, Bury and Cheshire West and Chester. Over the years, they have offered a range of projects including specialist services for black and minority ethnic clients, support for men who are victims of domestic abuse, training and workshops, and refuge services.