Waltham Forest Secret Santa


Help victims of domestic violence with a Secret Santa gift.
 
During this second lockdown, the unhappy truth is that incidents of domestic violence are likely to increase.
 
This festive season, the Waltham Forest Liberal Democrats are supporting the Waltham Forest Secret Santa providing gifts to women and families in the borough through Solace and Ashiana Network.
 
For the women, being treated to something as simple as a luxury beauty set can have a massive impact on their self-worth; and for the children, this might be the only Christmas present they receive, as escaping abuse can take a huge financial toll on their mothers. 
 
If you would like to donate a gift, please see below for details:
 
What do I need to do?
Donate a new gift (unfortunately secondhand items aren’t suitable for this gift drive) for either a woman or a child, with a maximum value of £20. Gifts need to be dropped off before Friday December 11th. 
 
Alternatively you can order something from Amazon wishlist, local independent stores website, or you can donate to the Go Fund Me page and they will buy a gift on your behalf.
 
What sorts of gifts are suitable?
Women
High street vouchers / gift cards
Luxury toiletries/beauty sets (eg hand cream, body cream, bath products)
Books / notebooks 
Make up
Jewellery
Afro hair products
Asian hair oil
Hat / scarf / gloves
Handbags
 
Children
Soft toys for children up to 5 years
Small lego sets
Clothes for children up to 5 years
Games for children up to 12 years
Books for children of all ages
Notebooks / diaries
Art sets / colouring books / activity books
Pyjamas
Hair accessories and products
Stickers
Stationary sets
Board games
Headphones, journals, books for teenagers
High street shopping vouchers
 
Not Suitable
Handmade gifts
Alcohol
Facemasks
Nail scissors / razors etc
2nd hand items of any kind
 
Drop-off Addresses
There are five drop-off addresses across the borough:
Lloyd Park
Walthamstow Village
St Mary’s Primary School
Leyton
Leytonstone
Please email walthamforestsecretsanta@gmail.com to be put in touch with the drop-off coordinators.
 
More information on Solace Women’s Aid and Ashiana Network
 
Solace assist about 8,000 women and 2,000 children around London each year. 
 
Ashiana Network was established in 1989 as part of the Waltham Forest Young People’s Housing Project, which housed young homeless people, and helps answer the need for safe housing for young South Asian women who have experienced domestic violence.
Both charities have shelters within Waltham Forest.
 
If you would like any further information about the Secret Santa project, contact the team at: walthamforestsecretsanta@gmail.com

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