Cash to help vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Family Announcements -

Gov­ern­ment fund­ing of £70,000 will be made avail­able to sup­port vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in east Kent.

Can­ter­bury City Coun­cil led the bid, which was fo­cused on mak­ing it eas­ier for peo­ple in large fam­i­lies, eth­nic mi­nori­ties and mem­bers of the les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der com­mu­ni­ties to ac­cess ser­vices.

Much of the cash will be used to en­sure there is safe and avail­able ac­com­mo­da­tion for those in need.

Cllr Neil Baker, chair­man of the coun­cil’s community com­mit­tee, said: “The cash will al­low us to pro­vide peo­ple who are es­cap­ing vi­o­lence with more op­tions and sup­port with ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment and life skills.

“We hope we can trans­form the lives of those who want to get out of the very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions they find them­selves in.

“No­body should have to suf­fer the mis­ery of do­mes­tic abuse or feel that they are un­able to get the as­sis­tance they need.”

Kent County Coun­cil and Thanet coun­cil were also in­volved in the fund­ing.

As neigh­bours, Can­ter­bury and Thanet see a cross­over of do­mes­tic abuse cases and say the gov­ern­ment grant will help them take a flex­i­ble ap­proach to their work.

Cllr Lin Fair­brass, Thanet’s community ser­vices mem­ber, said: “This fund­ing is an ex­tremely im­por­tant step for­ward in be­ing able to pro­vide mean­ing­ful sup­port to vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse across Thanet and east Kent.

“De­spite there be­ing sev­eral sup­port ser­vices cur­rently in place, un­til now it has been dif­fi­cult to pro­vide spe­cial­ist sup­port and refuge to spe­cific groups of peo­ple.

“To­gether with Can­ter­bury City Coun­cil, this fund­ing will help to cre­ate clear and spe­cial­ist plans for vic­tims of such a dev­as­tat­ing crime, so they can re­build their lives in a re­al­is­tic and pos­i­tive way.” Com­mand­ing first-rate views over the cricket pitch, this is what the re­tire­ment flats at the St Lawrence Ground in Can­ter­bury will look like when com­plete.

De­vel­oper Mccarthy and Stone is in the process of build­ing one­and two-bed­room flats on the for­mer grass area at the east­ern end of the ground.

The show flats should be ready to view in May, and the first oc­cu­pants are ex­pected to be able to move in dur­ing Au­gust.

To mark the devel­op­ment, Mccarthy and Stone is seek­ing a lo­cal char­ity to sup­port.

Re­gional sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Julie Ward said: “Our fun­da­men­tal aim when cre­at­ing a devel­op­ment is to sup­port and in­te­grate Mccarthy and Stone and our fu­ture home­own­ers into the lo­cal community.

“Our de­vel­op­ments are cre­ated with the community in mind, and sup­port­ing lo­cal char­i­ties or neigh­bour­hood projects al­lows us to cre­ate a pos­i­tive legacy.”

To nom­i­nate a char­ity email mc­carthyand­stone@mccann. com by mid­night on April 14, with emails marked “Can­ter­bury Community Ap­peal” in the sub­ject header.

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