Cash to help victims of domestic violence
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.