Following the decision by Hertfordshire County Council to bring the domestic violence provision under one roof, a new service provider – Safer Places - is due to take responsibility for women’s refuge facilities across St Albans and Hertfordshire from 1st October 2017.
We understand that Safer Places have contracted to provide 78 units of accommodation in Hertfordshire and that St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge have entered into partnership with them.
Hightown has supported the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge for over 20 years, providing a valuable place of safety for women. Hightown has served notice on the lease as the charity will now be in partnership with Safer Places.
The 90-day notice period will end on 4th October 2017, by which point Safer Places will have taken over responsibility for services.
Hightown is committed to working closely with the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge, Hertfordshire County Council and Safer Places to ensure a smooth transition over the coming months and is prepared to be flexible regarding the final date.