Founders of Hammersmith based domestic abuse and women in the criminal justice system charity Advance, Bear Montique OBE and Beryl Foster OBE, received Freedom of the Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham today.
The Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour that a Council can bestow and the tradition is maintained so public recognition can be given as an express of thanks to outstanding people.
This is especially poignant because Advance celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2023 and currently supports over 9,000 women and children.
Bear Montique OBE, founder of Advance, said:
Beryl Foster OBE, founder of Advance, said:
Christine Losecaat, MBE, Chair of Trustees at Advance said:
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- Advance’s vision is a world in which women and children lead safe, equal, violence-free lives so that they can flourish and actively contribute to society. The charity works with women who experience domestic abuse to be safe and take control of their lives, and women who have committed crime or are at risk of offending to break the cycle.
- As well as providing direct support, Advance works with statutory services, government agencies and other women’s charities to ensure a holistic approach to the issues these women face.
- Women must be referred to Advance, via statutory services or the charity’s self-referral scheme. For more information about who Advance is able to support, please visit Get Help
- For facts and statistics about domestic abuse and women in the criminal justice system, as well as Advance’s work, please visit Our Impact