About & FAQs - Bake a difference

About & FAQs

About Bake a Difference

Our Bake a Difference event is an opportunity for us to involve individuals, companies, coffee shops and community groups across Nottingham and South Nottinghamshire in raising funds and awareness about work. At any one time we work with about 600 women and children and this work is life-changing and sometimes even life-saving. Every year the number of women, children and teenagers that we help is growing – so we need to find ways to support this growing need – what better way than to bake and have fun! The family home should be a place free from fear, a place where people can gather and enjoy food together, so it’s poignant that we focus on an activity that is at the heart of everyday family life in a happy home.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Bake a Difference?
We’re running the event throughout the whole of September (1st -30th) 2017. This means there’s plenty of time for people to get baking and eating.

Who is it for?
What is Women’s Aid Integrated Services? We’re a UK registered charity (reg number 1094012), formed in 1979 in response to a gap in provision for women and children experiencing domestic abuse. We have a dual history with other Women’s Aid organisations in Nottinghamshire and in 2009 we merged with two refuges, bringing together our joint expertise in this field. We’re now the fourth largest Women’s Aid charity in the UK (out of 220) and we offer a wide range of services. Every year we help:

  • Over 5,000 women
  • Over 600 children
  • Over 60 teenagers
  • And we foster nearly 70 pets
  • We also take over 10,000 calls a year on our 24-hour freephone helpline (0808 800 0340)

Find out more about what we do.

How will my money help?
Domestic abuse is very common, underreported and being female is the biggest risk factor. It’s a deeply traumatic life experience which no-one should face on their own. The money you raise will help thousands of women and children in Nottingham and South Nottinghamshire. £25 could help us take a call on our 24-hour Freephone Helpline and support a woman to get the help she needs* £50 could provide food for a destitute woman and her children for a week £177 could provide the basic costs to house a woman or a child in one of our refuges for a month £450 could help a woman and her children set up her new home after leaving our refuge £3,000 could provide an 8-10 week Freedom Programme (healthy relationships course) for 12 women, helping them to recognise abusive behaviour in future relationships

*For every call received, we make an average of seven outgoing calls to help each woman

How much of my money will go directly to where it’s needed?
90p in every £1 we spend goes directly on helping women and children.

Do you work with men?
Domestic abuse affects both men and women but it does happen disproportionately to women. The issues surrounding men and women who have abusive partners can be very different and so the support they need is very different too. We started as a charity concentrating on the support needs of women and children and have built up a speciality in that area. Recently however we started to work with another local charity called Equation to provide support to men.

Getting started

How do I register?
Go to the sign up button at the top right of this website and fill it in. There is no registration fee. We will then send you a ‘How to Guide’ further information to help you with your event

What do I need to do?
Use our ‘How to Guide’ to get you started on how to go about arranging a bake sale or afternoon tea with friends, at work or with your community group.

Are there recipes to follow?
Yes, visit our recipes section for lots of baking inspiration.

How do I pay in my money?
There are two ways that you can pay in your money:

1. Online

  • Count up your money and deposit these in your own account
  • Go to our online donation page here
  • Pay in the total amount using your credit or debit card
  • Make sure you state: ‘bake’ in the comments box

2. By post

  • Count up your donations and deposit these in your own account
  • Write a cheque made payable to Women’s Aid Integrated Services for the total amount
  • Send your cheque and a cover letter (explaining you held a bake sale or similar) to us at: Fundraising, WAIS, 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LP. Please state ‘bake’ in your covering letter and let us know who you are and how you raised the funds (i.e. I did a bake sale at work)

When should I pay this in by?
As soon as you can so that we can let people know how well our event did.

I can’t take part in this event, can I still support your work?
Yes, and we would be very grateful if you could support us. There are lots of ways you could support us. Either visit our Get Involved page or our donate page

Keep it legal
If you are arranging a bake sale or any type of event for Bake a Difference, it will be your responsibility to keep it safe and legal.  However, there is a wealth of information on this website www.food.gov.uk. For example you might want to think about people are allergic to ingredients such as nuts.

Spread the word
Let everyone know what you’ve been cooking up by sharing photos of your bakes. Share you creations using  #waisbakes and we will feature them on our pages. Good or bad – we want to hear about it all!

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