Wolverhampton's libraries are teaming up with The Haven Wolverhampton and St George's Hub to support this year's Orange Wolverhampton safeguarding campaign.

Central Library and Penn Library will be hosting special Orange coffee mornings on Wednesday 5 December and Thursday 6 December respectively, with both events taking place from 10am to 1pm.

Representatives from St George's Hub, which supports men and their children who are victims of domestic abuse and violence, will be attending the coffee morning at Central Library, while representatives from The Haven, which supports women and dependent children who are vulnerable to domestic violence, homelessness and abuse, will be taking part in the event at Penn Library.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "I am very pleased that our libraries are joining forces with The Haven Wolverhampton and St George's Hub to support this year's Orange Wolverhampton campaign and highlight the help and support available to victims of gender based violence."

Meanwhile, all of Wolverhampton's libraries are acting as donation points for The Haven. People are invited to bring in donations including shower gel, sponges, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, children's bath products, toilet roll, face wipes, toothpaste, face cream, household cleaning products, ladies' razors, nappies, soap, ladies' sanitary products and dried and tinned food, which will be distributed among local women and children.

Next week's coffee mornings are among a wide range of social events and activities being held around the city this year in support of the annual Orange Wolverhampton safeguarding campaign to end gender based violence.

The campaign, which began on Sunday (25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls) and continues until Monday 10 December (UN Human Rights Day), is championed and run by Wolverhampton Safeguarding Boards, the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership and Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum.

By helping Orange Wolverhampton, people will not only raise awareness of gender based violence - violence primarily committed against women and girls, including domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so-called 'honour based' violence and sexual violence - but also the help and support that is available to victims.

To find out more about the Orange Wolverhampton campaign, please visit Type=links;Linkid=10998;Title=OrangeWolves;Target=_blank; or follow it on Twitter at Type=links;Linkid=9893;Title=WVsafeguarding;Target=_blank; using the hashtag #OrangeWolves, or Type=links;Linkid=7295;Title=Facebook;Target=_blank;.   

Anyone suffering from domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so-called 'honour based' violence or sexual violence, or knows someone who is, should call the relevant helpline:

  • The Haven Wolverhampton 24-hour helpline for women - 08000 194400
  • St George's Hub support for male victims - 01902 421904
  • National Domestic Violence helpline for women - 0808 2000 247
  • National Domestic Violence helpline for men - 0808 8010327
  • NSPCC FGM helpline - 0800 028 3550
  • Karma Nirvana helpline for victims of so-called 'honour based' violence and forced marriage - 0800 5999 247
  • Wolverhampton Adults Social Care - 01902 551199
  • Wolverhampton Children's Social Care - 01902 555392

In an emergency, always call police on 999.

To find out more about The Haven, please visit Type=links;Linkid=11292;Title=The Haven;Target=_blank;. For more information about St George's Hub, please visit Type=links;Linkid=11293;Title=Wolverhampton Information Network;Target=_blank;.

It's free to join Wolverhampton's libraries - to find out more, please visit Type=articles;Articleid=1703;Title=Libraries;.

  • released: Thursday 29 November, 2018