Hartlepool MP visits refuge for women and children fleeing abuse

from left, Sara Herrington, Head of Customers at North Star, Danielle Chadwick, Service Manager at Harbour, Mike Hill MP, Angela Lockwood, Chief Executive at North Star.
from left, Sara Herrington, Head of Customers at North Star, Danielle Chadwick, Service Manager at Harbour, Mike Hill MP, Angela Lockwood, Chief Executive at North Star.

Hartlepool’s MP has visited a housing refuge which helps women and children who have been affected by abuse.

Mike Hill was at North Star, a housing association whose purpose is to provide affordable housing, invest in communities and develop new homes.

Six local authorities recently submitted a bid for funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to deliver a Navigator programme across the Tees Valley.

From this, North Star and Harbour were successful in their joint bid to deliver safe emergency accommodation to women with complex needs who are fleeing domestic abuse.

Hartlepool-based Harbour works with families and individuals affected by abuse and have been working with North Star for over 40 years.

The two organisations have a successful track record of providing accommodation for women affected by domestic abuse and bosses say they are ideally placed to deliver the new emergency accommodation service.

Mr Hill said: “It’s a real shame that we need domestic violence refuges, but I have seen first hand just how important the work carried out by Harbour in Hartlepool is for victims and their families.

“They offer a real lifeline and provide a vital service.”

Angela Lockwood, chief executive at North Star, said: “Supported Housing schemes like this are a lifeline and vital to providing independence, security and dignity for millions of people across the country.

“It’s crucial we continue to deliver such critical services and we are very pleased to be working with Harbour on another scheme.”