Beauty for Ashes was set up in 2020 in response to the number of migrant women fleeing domestic abuse who were then turned away from refuges due to their immigration status. The charity is based in Manchester and is a BME-led, run by, and for, migrant women, and provides specialised services. It aims to enable women with No Recourse to Public Funds to have support and to offer temporary accommodation that allows them to escape domestic violence situations. It works with other local organisations to facilitate holistic support for the women, to enable them to feel, and be, safe.
At the June 2021 meeting, Allen Lane Trustees agreed a grant of £6,000 split equally over a two-year period. The grant will contribute towards general running costs of the charity. Beauty for Ashes is working towards setting up the refuge, developing projects and running a befriending training course. It is anticipated that the refuge will support around 50 women and children in the first year. As well as providing crisis support with accommodation and improved mental health and wellbeing, the charity will work to regularise the women’s immigration status through referral to expert immigration advice.