Big Lottery fund to help domestic abuse victims

Angela Everson, chief executive of  WomenCentre
Angela Everson, chief executive of WomenCentre

Victims of domestic abuse in Calderdale are to benefit from a share of a £3.9million grant from the Big Lottery Fund, across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Halifax’s Women’s Centre will receive £440,561 from the Reaching Communities Lottery programme for their ‘Breaking the Cycle’ initiative.

The project provides early intervention help and support, confidential and culturally sensitive one-to-one guidance to vulnerable women in communities across Calderdale.

Join chief executive officer of the Women’s Centre Angela Everson said: “We are delighted and very excited to have received a reaching communities grant.

“The grant will enable the Women’s Centre to provide more even more services to women and children affected by domestic abuse in Calderdale.”

She said: “The grant will be used to employ a new team of specialist workers.”

Also in West Yorkshire, The Hidden Homelessness’ Positive Change Project will use its grant of £219,460 to help homeless people and those at risk in the Leeds, Kirklees and Calderdale districts break the cycle of homelessness that can accompany mental and emotional problems. This will include helping young adults experiencing parental relationship breakdown, young people leaving care homes and not coping with living alone.

Trained volunteers, who have previously experienced homelessness, will regularly visit hostels and undertake street walks to engage with those affected and provide mentoring, networking and advocacy support. This will include referring them to appropriate agencies such as local housing providers, social services, food banks and training for employment.

Once engaged, life-skills coaching sessions will be available to help those affected build self-belief and confidence. For those with substance misuse issues, the project plans to run recovery training sessions and will also offer other workshops teaching techniques to develop emotional balance, rational thinking, anger management and patience and to identify harmful behavioural patterns.

Caroline James, Big Lottery Fund spokesperson, said: “The Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme is all about bringing real improvements to communities, and enabling people to have better chances in life.

“These grants will help to improve the lives of so many people and we look forward to continuing this ever important investment in the good causes which are working hard to improve the lives of those most in need.”