Devon domestic abuse charity secures materials prize

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Posted Monday, May 20, 2024 - 9:34am

A Devon charity that seeks to empower survivors of domestic abuse is planning renovation works after winning building materials in a nationwide competition.

SAFE Foundation, based in Exeter, has been named as one of the first winners in Selco Builders Warehouse’s Community Heroes 2024 campaign.

The Community Heroes campaign by Selco, one of the UK’s leading builders merchants, gives community groups and good causes the chance to secure materials to use on a project.

The charity has secured £500 of building materials to improve its facilities – and will also be a finalist later in the year with the chance of winning £5,000 in cash.

Lucy Skye, Programme Development Lead & Therapist SAFE, said: “We are very grateful for this donation, which will make a huge difference to our service users.

“SAFE Foundation is one of the leading domestic abuse recovery organisations in Devon. For over five decades we have been transforming the choices and life paths available for adult and child survivors of domestic violence and abuse.

“We offer a range of community-based programmes, including group and individual trauma recovery therapy for adults and children and our whole-family approach, Flourishing Families.

“These materials will help to make our building safe, welcoming, warm and comfortable.”

SAFE Foundation will visit the Selco Exeter branch on Filmer Way to choose its materials from the extensive range of materials and products on offer at the builders merchants.

This is the fourth time Selco has supported good causes across the country through Community Heroes, with an annual prize pot worth more than £10,000.

Over the course of six months, 12 winners will benefit from £500 to spend at their nearest Selco.

A public vote will follow, with one overall winner bagging £5,000 in cash and a runner-up awarded £1,000.

The scheme is open to any charity or group which is at the heart of its local community and entry can be made by explaining in no more than 100 words how the building materials or money would be used to benefit members.

Entries can be made at

Alison Wong, Head of Communications and Sustainability at Selco, said: “We’re delighted to support SAFE Foundation, which does valuable work by supporting survivors to make healthy decisions, now and for the long-term.  

“We received hundreds of entries to Community Heroes in the first month alone so the judging process was extremely difficult. SAFE Foundation, however, really stood out due to its determination to make a tangible difference to people’s lives.

“We look forward to seeing the revamped facilities.”

With hundreds of trade brands always in stock, Selco’s 75 UK branches are firmly focused on helping tradespeople complete their jobs as quickly and effectively as possible.

As well as offering trade services, Selco also has a strong digital presence including Click & Deliver and Click & Collect services and a new app - as well as a ‘Dial & Deliver’ telephone service - to make life as convenient as possible for tradespeople.

For more information on Selco visit

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