Love Lockdown for West End Women & Girls Centre

My name is Megan Jepson and I am an award winning documentary photographer, based in Newcastle.

As many of you know, I have been taking portraits of beautiful young couples from around the Newcastle area and conducted mini interviews with them, exploring how they have enjoyed spending time together and how they have learnt more about each other, and themselves, throughout the Covid-19 lockdown period. It’s been beautiful to share these moments and speak to all these couples. 

But unfortunately, the reality is that for many women, children and men, their living situations are the complete opposite of what I am documenting. After the government enforced a national lockdown, meaning that people were forced to spend more time in their homes, sadly, many have found themselves trapped with their abusers. Since lockdown began there has been a 49% surge in calls to the domestic abuse helplines and a 35% surge to the men's advice line. These are staggering statistics in a lockdown which is designed to keep us safe, but what if the place which is suppose to keep you safest is in fact the most dangerous? 

I have decided to set up a donation page with all proceeds going to the Newcastle based charity ‘West End Women and Girls’ which are an open access community who’s strong aim to build the power of women and girls. The WEWAG charity have many DV peer educators who are available for 1-1 support with young women aged 11-25 experiencing domestic violence. The charity has had a massive increase in referrals during the lockdown period and are expecting an even bigger surge once lockdown is over. 

I am using my photos as a way to raise awareness for those which are affected and to support the amazing West End Women and Girls charity for everything they do for their community. I have chosen this charity because I wanted a local community which are helping women overcome and enforce positive change in women lives.

More of the photos can be seen via my Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/megjepson/ 


“West End Women and Girls Centre was established in 1981 and is a youth and community centre for women and girls in Newcastle. We aim to empower women and girls who have been traditionally disfranchised from access to existing services, to effect positive change in their leisure, work and social environments. We do this by providing group work where women and girls can meet, have fun, learn new skills and look at issues relevant to their lives, building confidence in a safe and supportive environment”.

Donations

  • Cerys Gittins  
    • £5 
    • 4 d
  • Hayley Ogle  
    • £10 
    • 1 mo
  • Constance Moscrop 
    • £5 
    • 1 mo
  • Ryan Elliott 
    • £16 
    • 1 mo
  • Maisie Connaghan 
    • £10 
    • 1 mo
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Organizer

MEGAN JEPSON 
Organizer
Newcastle Upon Tyne, North East England, United Kingdom
West End Women & Girls Centre 
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