Gryffe Women’s Aid was founded in 1981 as the first Asian, Black and Minority Ethnic Women’s Aid Group in Scotland. Initially 15 women volunteered to run the refuge in Inverclyde to accommodate the growing number of Asian women fleeing domestic abuse. The project was named Gryffe as the refuge was situated near the river Gryffe in Kilmacolm and from there safe refuge accommodation, information and support was provided for sixteen years.
In 1995 our drop in centre opened at 24 Willowbank Street, Glasgow. It was then that the word ‘Hemat’ (meaning courage) was added to our business name. We are now widely known as Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid.
We were told by a woman accessing services that our business name was appropriate as a river of courage had been instilled in her after being supported by Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid upon fleeing domestic abuse. It was from this that we have adopted the phrase ‘A River of Courage.’
Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid have been providing safe refuge accommodation for 30 years and latterly with the assistance of funding from the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council outreach services and follow on services for women, children and young people.
We would like to acknowledge the immense courage of the women, children and young people and their bravery in escaping the clutches of domestic abuse, confronting the cultural barriers that they face enabling them to live a safer and prosperous life free from abuse.
We would like to thank the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, Cash for Kids and Children in Need for providing much needed funding. We are also grateful to The Scottish Sadaqah Charitable Trust for continued support of the work of the project.
The grant from Children in Need was used to develop the children’s page and the young person’s page of this recently developed site.