MIN's 5 year anniversary

By Sara Ford - MIN Media Lead, 15th February 2023.

Mums In Need 5 year anniversary

February is a significant month for Mums In Need. This month we celebrate 5 years of service as a registered charity supporting domestic abuse survivors.

To the beginning:

The Mums In Need journey began after Laura Riley, our CEO, lived  through her own experience of coercive control and post separation abuse. 

Once she had separated from her abuser she suffered relentless coercive abuse. She had nowhere to turn for support, and had no one who could understand the emotions that she felt. 

It was at this moment that she made the decision to help other women who are going through the same experiences and emotions as her.

So her journey began, supporting a small number of other mums online from a laptop in her bedroom in 2014.

In 2018 Laura registered Mums In Need as an official charity. 

In the 5 years of operating as a registered charity, Laura and the Mums In Need team have achieved so much, and have continued to support survivors of domestic abuse and post separation abuse.

What have Mums In Need achieved?

A unique support service:

Mums In Need offers a unique support service to mums in the Sheffield and surrounding areas, who are experiencing post separation abuse and coercive control. But what makes MIN unique?

See what our mums say - Here’s one example:

Our achievements:

Over the last 5 years we have:

3.Raised awareness about the charity and the work that we do.  Over time we have been present in the local community, hosting events, attending networking events, distributing posters and asking local businesses to support us with MIN charity tins. 

Our presence in the community has also been enhanced by the local business community, who have pulled together in lots of ways. 

We now have a paid CEO, 2 Caseworkers, Administrator, a Finance Lead and a Media and Marketing lead. We are so lucky to be in the position that we are in with so many paid staff to help our cause. 

We also have a fabulous team of volunteers and Trustees who work hard behind the scenes, helping to make sure that MIN are operating to the best standard as possible.

In the near future we are also hoping to employ another Caseworker which will mean that we have the availability to support even more women at the same time. 

As the charity has grown, the demand for our services has increased, which means that we now operate a waiting list. We are finding that more women are contacting us, seeking our specialist support. We currently have over 50 women on our waiting list, which clearly highlights the demand for such a charity, supporting women through their post separation abusive journey.

What is next?

We are so proud to have been able to help the women that we have, and are really excited for what comes next.

We hope that in the future, we will be able to:

Time to celebrate:

To help us to celebrate our 5 year anniversary, we would love for our supporters to make a one off donation in February of just £5, in our £5 for 5 years of service campaign.

Each donation that we receive will really be appreciated and will really help towards our end goal - to support and keep on supporting more women who are experiencing post separation abuse.