Sophie has been working at Reigate and Banstead Women's Aid since 2018.
Sophie started started as a volunteer at the refuge. She had a career change and went for the Domestic Abuse Refuge Advocate role.
Over lockdown, RBWA saw that there was going to be a huge rise in cases of Domestic Abuse. A new refuge was opened to support this need. Sophie moved to the new refuge to support the set up. In December of that year she became Service Manager. She played a pivotal role in settling up and making the new refuge a huge success.
‘Working for RBWA is more than a job it’s a passion. I am in awe of the strength of the women who take the brave step to come to refuge and feel very privileged to play a part in their journey to freedom.’
With the help of her amazing team the new refuge now supports 19 women and up to 35 children. She has worked hard to turn the refuge into a beautiful place that women and children feel proud to call their home, in particular the renovation of a therapy room. A room that is used for counselling and to run the freedom programme for the women survivors.