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Fire Safety at Supported Accommodation

Funded on Spacehive 23 December 2021 Delivered 5 April 2022

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Fire Safety at Supported Accommodation

Fire Safety at Supported Accommodation

Rising Sun Domestic Violence and Abuse Service By Rising Sun Domestic Violence and Abuse Service

Funding for fire door retainers to ensure fire safety at our secure accommodation for homeless young women who have experienced domestic abuse and who are pregnant or have a young baby.

Canterbury Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 23 Dec 2021!

The young women who stay at our supported accommodation are pregnant, with no family support, and a history of domestic abuse. Their chaotic family situations result in homelessness and increased vulnerability to abuse. Once homeless, young women also face risk of school/societal disengagement, mental health issues, and drug/alcohol misuse. Early intervention is key to breaking this cycle. Installing door retainers will improve the safety of the women during their stay with us, holding doors in the open position and releasing the door in the case of a fire. This would stop the spread of a fire and reassure the women that they are in a safe environment, secure from abuse whilst we help them develop the skills they need to lead independent lives and find long term homes for themselves and their children. No other service like this exists locally, and this group of vulnerable young women is at high risk of abuse, exacerbated by COVID 19 lockdown restrictions.

What we'll deliver:

  • Installation 4 fire door retainers

Why it's a great idea:

Our supported accommodation will alleviate the immediate risk of domestic abuse and homelessness, by providing a safe and secure environment for young mothers and their babies to heal and grow. In addition to living in safe and comfortable supported accommodation, our young women will benefit from improved access to formal and informal education opportunities, social and therapeutic care and skilled professional support. By staying with us, the lives, aspirations and futures of vulnerable young women will be changed. They will leave with improved independent living skills and parenting confidence; increased ability to recognise the signs of abusive relationships; and increased life aspirations. Giving young mothers independence and breaking the cycle of abuse in future generations.

Steps to get it done:

  • Installation of door retainers

Domestic abuse is widespread and chronically under reported. In England and Wales an estimated 1.6m women aged 16-74 experienced domestic abuse in the last year (ONS, 2019). Fire door retainers, also called fire door holders, hold fire doors open safely and legally. A fire door retainer automatically allows the door to close in the event of a fire alarm sounding to prevent the spread of fire, ensuring compliance with fire regulations.

Location Canterbury

About the space



Kent County Council

How will the money be spent?Total £1,766

3 fire door retainers - £1,227 (69%)
1 additional fire door retainer - £409 (23%)
Other - £130 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

3 fire door retainers
1 additional fire door retainer
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £1,766

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