THE SHORT VERSION
Based in Paignton, Devon, Patchwork The Store is a gift and lifestyle shop that sits alongside Patchwork House Women's Centre.
Patchwork House is a safe space for women and children, providing non-judgemental and confidential support, guidance and signposting. Equipped with a community fridge offering tea, coffee, cake, free internet usage and an ear when it's needed. They deliver the freedom programme for women and teenagers.
Profits from each product sold through Patchwork The Store will go straight to the women's centre.
Rachaele is the mum to 6 beautiful children, has a large social media presence (amassing an incredible 800,000 cross-platform followers), a twice Sunday Times bestselling author and is also a survivor of domestic abuse.
In August 2021 Rachaele opened a women's centre in Torbay, The Patchwork House CIC, helping women and children who are struggling. The need for the service quickly became overwhelming, with the team receiving daily referrals from schools, GP's, children services & other organisations in need of support for women & children.
Patchwork House have now begun delivering The Freedom Programme to women who have been (and are currently being) subjected to domestic abuse.
Funding this service isn't easy as the government continue to make many cuts whilst charities and CIC's are all in dire need of this funding to continue their amazing, much needed, services.
After a property near the centre became available, Rachaele decided, to help fund the women's centre, we should open a bricks-and-mortar store, in Torbay, with an online presence, and profits from each product sold would go back into helping women & children.