Our Women’s Group invited women across Thanet to a tea party to launch an Easy Read leaflet on domestic abuse. The Group, who all have learning difficulties, have been working in collaboration with Oasis, the domestic abuse charity to produce the leaflet using simple language and images. Guests included representatives from Citizens Advice Bureau, Community Health, the DWP and Councillor Karen Constantine, who kindly met the cost of producing the leaflet with a donation of £500 through KCC’s Combined Members Grant Scheme. At the launch they discussed the importance of the leaflet and where it could be available in order to achieve the greatest impact and spread awareness.
Alice Dryland, who regularly attends the Women’s Group, gave a short presentation outlining the amount of hard work that went into ensuring the correct images and text were used and the importance of the leaflet not only to the group, but to women who might need help in Thanet. Following the presentation, Oasis’ Impact Officer, Iona Hunter-Whitehouse thanked the group for working in collaboration and talked about the difference it would make within the community.
There was a range of delightful refreshments available thanks to Women’s Group member, Margaret Phelan, who baked two beautiful cakes for everyone to enjoy and Batchelor’s Patisserie who created an impressive spread for the occasion.
Susan Abeles, who helped create the leaflet commented: “Easy Read makes a big difference because it makes topics like domestic abuse easier for people to understand.”
The Women’s Group is a safe place for women with a learning difficulty to meet up and talk about the things that are important to them.