The Commissioning of Our New Security Hub
In a momentous event, the Alpha Omega Women Peace Security (WPS) Foundation proudly unveiled our new security hub on Crewe Business Park last Thursday. This marked a significant step forward in our mission to enhance women’s safety and empower the community.
The official opening ceremony, attended by civic dignitaries, neighbouring businesses, and dedicated volunteers, was a testament to the WPS Foundation’s commitment to fostering education, friendship, and family-centred activities. The new office complex on Coppicemere Drive aims to be a beacon of hope and empowerment for vulnerable women and their families in the local community.
The WPS Foundation’s comprehensive range of services on offer here, includes free English classes, self-defence courses, and counselling for women facing various challenges. Additionally, children who have English as a second language can benefit from English and Maths tuition, ensuring a brighter future for the younger generation.
We are delighted that our new facility is benefitting from the recently secured Lottery funding, which enables us to offer free and inclusive fitness sessions. These sessions, encompassing activities such as yoga, dance, and Tabata high-intensity interval training, aim to promote the physical and mental well-being of local women who utilise the services.
Prominent figures who attended the occasion included Cheshire East Mayor, Rod Fletcher, Crewe Mayor, Dennis Straine-Francis, Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner, John Dwyer, and His Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Cheshire, Jacqueline Devonish. They all commended our recent innovative initiatives, including our regular security meetings that strive to increase safety for women both in society and within their own homes.
It was also incredible to accept a £1000 donation from Auxilium Services Ltd, which will go towards funding new and exciting initiatives for our local community.
Our founder, Amaka Lawton, expressed her heartfelt commitment to the cause, saying, “We’re a not-for-profit organisation that exists to educate and assist women in our local community to achieve peace and security. We seek to protect them from systematic oppression, misogyny, and racism through practical measures such as English classes.”
Amaka highlighted the critical role of education in breaking down barriers. “Evidently, language barriers lead to isolation, inability to communicate, or report crimes to the police, as well as causing women to remain trapped in abusive relationships. Our new security hub is already providing counselling and helping several women with their English. Education is proving to be a most powerful weapon in ensuring their safety.”
The new facility is envisioned as a safe haven for women, where they can foster bonds and create lasting friendships. The support offered is inclusive and diverse, welcoming women of all ethnicities.
The facility has been designed to be a warm and welcoming community hub where women can enjoy cooking classes and pampering days. It features a children’s play area and garden in a part of the business park close to nature.
We were honoured to have Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner, John Dwyer, performing the ribbon-cutting ceremony. He expressed his delight at attending the opening of this remarkable new facility and commended the WPS Foundation for its dedication to local women and its mission to increase safety in society.