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Thousands awarded to help Lancashire domestic abuse victims

9 March, 2015

THOUSANDS of pounds worth of grant money is set to transform accommodation for domestic abuse victims, improve the lives of children in refuges and support victims to recover thanks to Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Clive Grunshaw has allocated more than £300,000 to projects county-wide, after successfully bidding to bring the cash to Lancashire from the Ministry of Justice.

And the idea behind the money was to enable organisations to fund projects that may otherwise have been neglected, such as revamping refuges and support centres, purchasing play equipment and buying new technology to support staff.

Successful organisations include Fylde Coast Women’s Aid, which has been allocated around £38,000 to refurbish its refuges in Fylde, Wyre and Blackpool, Sahara in Preston, which has been awarded £6,000 to kit out a training suite where victims can undertake IT, English language and numeracy training, and Blackburn with Darwen Council, which will receive £30,000 to upgrade its two refuges and £20,000 to allow Humraaz to upgrade its case management system and IT and purchase new equipment for its centre.

In total 12 organisations county-wide have received funding, and the Commissioner said: “Domestic abuse victims need to be able to access support to help them cope, recover and ultimately rebuild their lives – and that applies to both men and women, as well as any children who may be affected.

“Lancashire has some excellent organisations which dedicate themselves to trying to improve the lives of victims county-wide, and I am delighted I was able to secure this money for Lancashire to help them improve their facilities.

“I’m committed to fighting for money from the Government which will benefit Lancashire’s most vulnerable people, and I was impressed by the aspirations of the successful organisations to really make a difference.

“As a county we need to stand up to domestic abuse, support those who are victims and make it clear abuse, of any form, will not be tolerated in our communities.”

The total grant money available is £302,000, and the Commissioner has also accessed money designed to improve the infrastructure of organisations to ensure as many organisations as possible can benefit.

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Notes to Editors:

The full list of projects is as follows:

BSafe Blackpool – £21,500 to improve and enhance the safe house for high-risk domestic abuse victims in Blackpool, to fund additional equipment and resources (such as mobile phones and digital door-eyes), and to pay for resources to support a new, targeted, young people’s service.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council – £50,000 to refurbish the garden area, children’s play area and build a new conservatory at refuge one, redecorate the communal kitchen and install desktop computers at refuge two and purchase new materials and upgrade case management and IT systems for Humraaz.

Fylde Coast Women’s Aid – £37,783 to refurbish their refuges in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

Greater Together (a consortium of 80 Lancashire organisations which has the LCC contract to deliver services for high- and medium-risk victims in east and central Lancashire) – £45,520 to design, develop and implement a case management system with a shared database for all organisations.

HARV Domestic Abuse Services – £19,308 to buy children’s bedding and equipment for their safe house, redecorate their centre, buy tablets for staff and design and purchase new publicity materials to publicise to victims how to access their services.

West Lancashire Women’s Refuge – £30,862 to revamp their centre, purchase new IT equipment, purchase resources for victims (such as personal safety alarms and stress balls) and design and create leaflets to advertise their services.

Sahara in Preston – £6,095 to kit out a training suite which will allow 25 women at a time to undertake IT training, learn numeracy and English language, and develop skills such as cooking and sewing.

Safer Preston – £15,750 to furnish their new premises in the centre of Preston, purchase computer equipment and create new counselling rooms.

SafeNet Domestic Abuse Service – £56,148 to refurbish refuges in Lancaster and Burnley and three safe-houses in Burnley, purchase new service leaflets and posters, improve the refuges to make them accessible for disabled victims and purchase safety equipment for victims.

Preston Domestic Violence Services – £34,337 to refurbish the support centre and purchase new IT equipment, produce new information leaflets, posters and help cards, purchase safety equipment for victims, purchase new furnishings and equipment for the organisation’s drop-in centre, improve refuge facilities for children and young people and create welcome packs for youngsters accessing support services.

Pendle Domestic Violence Initiative – £2,304 to buy phone and data packages and tablets for staff, to allow them to receive picture messages from clients access the case management system remotely.

Lancashire Women’s Centres – £35,600 to create new counselling rooms at the Accrington and Blackburn centres, furnish counselling rooms in Preston and Nelson, create emergency packs for women containing one night’s food and toiletries, buy three new washing machines and produce a new leaflet promoting its counselling services for domestic abuse victims.

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