Wind­fall for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence team

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

A CHAR­ITY work­ing with do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims is cel­e­brat­ing see­ing off the threat of clo­sure after a huge lot­tery grant.

Hyn­d­burn and Rib­ble Val­ley Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence (HARV) Team has been awarded £420,778, the largest of six grants to Hyn­d­burn or­gan­i­sa­tions in the lat­est Big Lot­tery fund­ing round.

The “de­lighted” group said it will en­able them to pro­vide an in­de­pen­dent do­mes­tic abuse ser­vice for the two bor­oughs over the next three years, pro­vid­ing sup­port to women and chil­dren.

It brings to an end a pe­riod of “un­cer­tainty” after HARV warned last De­cem­ber it might be put at risk by the Lan­cashire Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner’s de­ci­sion to award a £6.6m three-year con­tract to na­tional provider Vic­tim Sup­port in­stead of the Safer To­gether con­sor­tium, of which it is a mem­ber.

Amanda El­wen, busi­ness man­ager, said: “The team here at HARV have worked tire­lessly over the last nine months. The hard work has paid off and fun­ders have come for­ward to in­vest in qual­ity, as they recog­nise the value of small and spe­cial­ist, lo­cal ser­vices.”

CEO Deb­bie Fawcett said: “I am so proud of the team here at HARV. They have stayed com­mit­ted to lo­cal peo­ple and to lo­cal ser­vices, they go above and be­yond to help both adults and chil­dren who are re­ally strug­gling and have con­tin­ued to put peo­ple first in a pe­riod of great un­cer­tainty.”

Other fun­ders of HARV this year in­clude BBC Chil­dren in Need, Comic Re­lief, Lloyds Bank foun­da­tion and Women’s Aid.

Deb­bie added: “We have re­ceived an enor­mous amount of sup­port from na­tional fun­ders and lo­cal peo­ple and we are so grate­ful for their con­tin­ued in­vest­ment.”

Al­most £50,000 of lot­tery fund­ing has also been shared by five other Hyn­d­burn schemes.

The ben­e­fi­cia­ries are The Hyn­d­burn Project (£10,000), Braille IT (£10,000), Altham St James CE Pri­mary (£9,995), En­field Cricket Club - ‘Play, En­cour­age Cricket for All’ (£10,000) and Save the Dog Inn, Belthorn (£9,781.31).

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