Vesta - Specialist Family Support CIC was formerly known as Polish Domestic Violence Helpline (PDVH). PDVH supported Polish victims of domestic violence since 2014. We set up the first UK wide helpline specifically for Polish people who experienced domestic abuse. It was founded by Ewa Wilcock, who run it as a project within a local charity, Cheshire Without Abuse. National interest in the helpline grew quickly and in 2015 we registered as a charitable incorporated organisation and developed our services independently. Apart from the helpline we offered telephone counselling and a domestic abuse recovery programme for Polish women.
There was a growing demand for our services and we decided to change the way we operate to continue to provide invaluable support to the Polish families. In September 2018 we registered Vesta - Specialist Family Support CIC which is our new name and new organisation. We are extending our support offer to respond to growing needs of our clients. We support families with domestic violence issues through therapeutic courses for victims, counselling and short one-to-one interventions with perpetrators. We also focus on improving parenting skills and general well-being of the Polish families.
We offer competitive prices for our services and we are also looking at alternative ways of funding our projects.
We currently operate mainly in Cheshire, Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Staffordshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. Our direct work with perpetrators is delivered in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Liverpool.
Meet Our Directors
Our Managing Director
Ewa believes that every person has the right to be safe and have a happy and healthy life regardless of their nationality, gender or age.
Ewa is a sociologist by profession. She is also a qualified interpreter and her interest in domestic violence developed whilst she interpreted for victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse. She founded Polish domestic violence helpline and worked as a specialist domestic violence worker. She is an accredited facilitator to run recovery programmes for victims and perpetrator courses.
She worked tirelessly to support victims, promote their rights and to raise awareness about domestic violence in Polish families living in the UK.
Our Parenting Support Lead
Agnieszka is passionate about helping families to thrive and support parents in nurturing their children and creating a safe and happy home for them.
Agnieszka has a degree in rehabilitation education. From working as a probation officer in Poland, she moved to UK to work as a family practitioner offering one-to-one support and parenting group courses.
She has been running a mother and toddler group for Polish families for many years.
She also works as an outreach support worker assisting women and men fleeing domestic abuse and is an accredited facilitator to run recovery programmes for victims.
Our Finance Manager
Agnieszka is our "financial brain", she keeps our finances in check and makes sure we comply with accounting standards.
Agnieszka is a qualified accountant. She runs a successful accountancy practice which provides a whole range of financial services to individuals and companies in three regional branches.
She is also a treasurer in a number of charitable organisations and actively supports their community initiatives.
“Polish families, where everyone can have healthy relationship with each other, can feel safe and thrive in a nurturing environment”