Elle For Elle has launched a campaign to encourage women who have been victims of domestic abuse to set up their own business, with the BE.YOU.TY campaign.
Elle For Elle was recently praised in Westminster for its charity work with women in refuges and now the charity is raising funds to send vulnerable women on beauty training courses, to provide them with the skills they need to start their own businesses.
The charity is renowned for its work in giving female domestic abuse victims the support they need in regaining dignity and and providing cosmetics while staying in refuges. Now, Elle For Elle is focusing on giving these women the opportunity to start a business.
Elle For Elle co-founder Rachel O’Hare said: “It costs as little as £200 for a person to do the course and get insurance to start working in their chosen skill. They can go straight into a salon, set up their own mobile business or go into further education with this kick start. It’s also great for self-esteem, and a positive focus.”
According to the charity, it takes just £200 to completely change a woman’s life for good.
Co-founder Lynette Page-Collin said: “We believe that our Be.You.ty campaign is a positive step to help get them out of debt and into a home with a secure future for their families. It’s crucial to our work going forwards.
“We’d like to appeal to anyone who can help to donate towards the campaign to get in touch – it’s hugely important we get this initiative started without delay. Beauty is therapy – helping women and girls to rise through education in beauty.”
Elle For Elle was launched in December 2017 by Rachel and Lynette, when they both decided to round up their own beauty products and donate them to those in need. Now, the charity has raised a massive £150,000 worth of beauty products that have been given to 7,000 women in refuges.
According to the charity, one hundred per cent of women in refuges across the UK are in debt once they walk through the refuge door, through no fault of their own and an estimated two million adults aged 16-to-59-years-old experienced domestic abuse in the last year (1.3 million women, 695,000 men).
Elle For Elle recently announced that the legendary group The Brand New Heavies are to perform at the Elle For Elle Annual Ball in Manchester in September to raise money for the region’s most vulnerable women. The acid jazz and funk legends will play a specially chosen selection of their chart hits at women’s charity Elle for Elle’s annual ball, slated for September 13 at Emirates Old Trafford.
The ball will this year adopt a ‘Midnight at the Oasis’ theme, looking to bring Moroccan glamour to Manchester. Elle for Elle’s annual ball will indulge the senses in an authentic night of Moroccan festivity – inspired by the souks of Marrakech and including a tantalising three course Moroccan food feast plus a night packed full of entertainment.
With the special performance from The Brand New Heavies, a star raffle and a prize of a lifetime auction all taking place on the evening, the night is set to be spectacular.