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Christmas 2020 at Pathway Project

Merry Christmas all!

As you can imagine this Christmas this year was quite different from our usual Christmas celebrations at Pathway Project. This Christmas will go down as our very first, and hopefully last COVID19 secure festive period.

It may come as a surprise to a lot of you, but Christmas is many of the staff’s favourite time to be at Pathway. We are overwhelmed yearly by the generosity and kindness of strangers, and we work round the clock helping to make positive memories for the people we support.
This year our staff worked even harder to secure gifts for our service users, due to the uncertainty many faced during COVID19 and the festive season.

This year was our most successful year with our Amazon Wish List and we could not of been happier. After the year that our service users have experienced, we were so happy to be able to provide some light relief this year.

You have no idea what this means to the adults and children we support – and although they might not be able to thank you to you in person we can say thank you on their behalf.

A big thank you to the following people and businesses:
  • Tamworth Santa’s Little Helpers.
  • Shenstone Parish Council..
  • Bikers Secret Santa.
  • Rediscovered by DM designs donated a beautiful upcycled children’s desk.
  • Tracy didn’t get to go wild in the aisles, but Tesco did donate an amazing trolley full of Christmas goodies.
  • Waitrose donated boxes and boxes of yummy mince pies and biscuits.
  • Lichfield Cathedral School collected presents in the run up to Christmas.
  • The Mother’s Union Burntwood donated £200 worth of gift cards to the adults we support – amazing!
  • St Stephen’s Primary school found out we were low on chocolate gifts and donated enough to last the year! Amazing effort kids!
  • Central Hub Logistics donated their famous pamper packs again.
  • The Jone’s family donated some lovely presents again this year!
  • The Friary School donated sanitary items – thank you.
  • The Young ones burton donated carloads of gifts – wow!
  • The Bell Pub Walsall.
  • Cheslyn Hay High School Sixth formers donated presents for the women again – thanks!
  • Valu Construction.
  • Citylife Magazine organised a toiletries drive that included local businesses such as Richard Winterton Auctioneers, The Lichfield Pantry, The Bureau, Salon 28, Jono’s Tourism, Chasewater Runners, 7th Lichfield Scout Group and St Chad’s Primary.
  • Helen Young & the Hoar Cross Community.
  • Primrose Cottage Art donated some wonderful prints for our new Creche.
  • Shenstone Village Hall.
  • Lichfield Ladies Dart’s Team.

Christmas can be a time of fear for women in abusive relationships, but for the women in our refuges we always try to offer a place of warmth and safety, especially over the festive period.
With your help we provide the women and children with memories they can hopefully look back on positively.

Merry Christmas, and a happy new year.


The UK’s coronavirus lockdown forced April’s London Marathon race to be delayed for six months this year. That meant six more months of training, six months of uncertainty about how the race would take place, six more months of frustration for our runners – it was far from ideal.
Our runners would no longer be able to run their marathon on the iconic route throughout London, past some of the amazing monuments, with a crowd of people cheering them on as they went. Instead our runners would be running the marathon on a cold and rainy October Sunday morning, with only family and friends to cheer them on at different points during their routes.. Along with 45,000 other participants our runners Callum and Gemma ran the marathon (26.2 miles, or 42km) at a time and place of their choosing on Sunday, logging their progress on an app to make their time official and secure a much-revered medal.

If there was one advantage to the marathon being completed in this format, it was that people from around UK, and across the world, could make their front door the start and finish line of the race this year. 

Gross donations to the Virgin Money Giving platform were down £25m between March and April this year compared with the same period in 2019. We are so proud of our runners for raising £…, it hasn’t been an easy year to fundraise and was another challenge for them to face. 

Both of our runners absolutely smashed their virtual marathons, and we are so proud to have such inspiring people raising vital funding for us. 

Callum and Gemma both had different reasons for choosing Pathway Project as the charity they would support for this years Marathon. Gemma is Kathy Coe MBE’s daughter in law and knows first hand the work that Pathway Project has done over the years, and Callum is April from our Community & Outreach teams brother.  

Callum said “When the opportunity to run the marathon on behalf of Pathway Project came up I was thrilled to be able to run for such a fantastic and ground-breaking local charity. I’m so happy that the funds i have raised will be going towards providing their fantastic services in the Lichfield & Tamworth boroughs.’ 

We are so proud of Callum and Gemma for completing the first virtual London Marathon despite all the obstacles that stood in their way in the build-up. They both did an absolutely fantastic job and really put their all into every minute. 

Thank you. 


Name of Project: PATHWAY PROJECT
Address of Project: HOPE CENTRE, LICHFIELD
Working hours/salary: 30HRS A WEEK



To be responsible for the co-ordination of an effective support plan for adults who have been, or still are, involved in an abusive relationship or family setting. This support will be based in the community, including service user’s homes and the Hope Centre and will involve utilising all of Pathway Projects available services as well as referring into other appropriate agencies. This will also include ensuring safeguarding for the whole family unit, by referring children should be referred to an appropriate children’s worker within the service, or externally.



1.1 To work as part of the outreach team in providing information, support, guidance, advice, signposting, emergency accommodation and resettlement help for adults experiencing or escaping domestic abuse.

1.2 To support the aims and principles of Pathway Project in empowering and supporting adults who have experienced domestic abuse to make their own decisions and take control of their own lives.

1.3 To signpost children and young people (CYP) to appropriate internal and external services, and where appropriate to engage them in safeguarding.

1.4 Take all possible steps to ensure the safety and confidentiality of the users, staff and management of Pathway Project.

1.5 Understand the legal framework relating to the protection of children including the policy and procedures of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.


2.1 To provide support to adults in the community, at the centre and their own homes, around physical, emotional, financial, sexual and social abuse.

2.2 To provide emotional support and, where necessary, signpost to appropriate counselling provisions.

2.3 To provide practical support and advice around welfare benefits, housing, debt relief, substance misuse, training, employment, mental health and legal issues, including the use of signposting to other appropriate members of staff and agencies.

2.4 To provide advocacy and liaise with other agencies on behalf of the service user where appropriate and necessary.

2.5 To attend multi agency and professionals meetings to represent the needs of the service user and Pathway Project.

2.6 To attend appointments with the service user where required, and if necessary help with the completion of paperwork, including legal documents.

2.7 To attend court with the service user where required.

2.8 To promote the work of the project through training, presentations and representation at meetings.

2.9 To participate in training sessions and courses.

2.10 To maintain up to date and accurate case notes and files, both electronically and on paper.

2.11 To assist with the setting up and maintaining of local support networks.

2.12 To assist with the delivery of groups where appropriate.


3.1 To complete all paperwork as contractually required by funders in order to maintain accurate reporting.

3.2 Maintain all appropriate information recording and monitoring systems.

3.3 Record all relevant financial transactions.

3.4 Participate in supervisions and team meetings.

3.5 Deal with correspondence, produce written reports when required and be self-servicing.

3.6 Attend appropriate training as required.

3.7 Participate in a flexible working week.

3.8 Give support during busy periods or staff shortages to other workers when necessary.

3.9 Participate in work shadowing and staff buddying.

3.10 Help support the provision of social work and legal student placements.

3.11 Ensure all health and safety regulations are complied with.

3.12 Have a clear understanding of relevant policies and procedures.

3.13 Ensure confidentiality in all aspects of work.

3.14 Adhere to the safeguarding procedures of the organisation.

3.15 Carry out any other tasks that may be required from time to time in the interested of the effective administration of the project.

The post holder will be expected to be flexible in their development of the job, and will participate fully, where possible, in all discussions about the nature of their work and the tasks involved. The post holder must have a commitment to the aims of the Pathway Project and uphold all agreed policies and procedures.