More than £100k for domestic and sexual abuse victims in West Norfolk

More than £100k for domestic and sexual abuse victims in West Norfolk

Published by Beth Pridding
12:46pm 29th June 2020.

West Norfolk charities that support victims of sexual and domestic abuse will receive more than £100,000 worth of funding. 

The ‘extraordinary Covid-19’ fund has been released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and will be managed and distributed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk (OPCCN).

Earlier this month the OPCCN invited relevant services to bid for a chunk of the £306,000 national funding allocated to Norfolk.

Some 10 organisations have now proven successful by meeting the required criteria, and a total of £249,819 will be distributed from today.

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, said:

“I am delighted nearly a quarter of a million has been secured for Norfolk to help bolster specialist domestic abuse and sexual violence services for those most at need.

“It has been really positive to see bids from some smaller organisations across the county who have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic.

“This fund is a lifeline for the many organisations which have, in many cases, had to completely change their way of working and move to a more agile and digital method of delivery.

“I am immensely proud of the work that has already taken place by my office to help and support specialist services but such further financial support from central government is always welcome as more can always be done.”

The grant was part of a £25 million package being released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) across the country with Norfolk securing £306,000 to be managed and distributed through the OPCCN.

The extraordinary Covid-19 funding covers the seven-month period between lockdown in late (23) March 2020 to 31 October 2020 only – meaning some payments will be back dated.

The process was an open call to all relevant support organisations delivering services in the Norfolk PCC area – and bids were encouraged from small specialist organisations that support groups with protected characteristics.

The Pandora Project, which supports victims of domestic abuse in West Norfolk, will receive £83,341 to fund a vehicle to provide a peripatetic service to victims in isolated parts of Norfolk. The funding will also assist with increased work with the LGBTQ+ community.

Tracy Mahoney, Pandora Project manager and founder, said:

“The funding for a mobile support unit will allow us to reach out to women in rural communities who have no other way of meeting with us, either through a lack of transport or because of controlling behaviour from a partner. 

“We want to make our support accessible to all women regardless of where they live and this mobile unit will be a lifeline to women, addressing their safety, mental health and their understanding of abuse within relationships. We look forward to working in partnership with Norfolk LGBT+.”

Leeway, which provides support for domestic abuse across the county, will receive £31,057 to allow provision of 32 laptops for mobile working with cameras for staff and 32 smart phones as well as PPE for staff.

Breckland-based Domestic Abuse service, Daisy Programme, will get £18,268 for funding of additional staffing and additional IT provisions to (laptop, mobile) to allow for agile working. Thirty tablets also funded for survivors to enable 1-2-1 counselling, as well as creative activities. The money will also help support Daisy’s Live Chat facility and access to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.

One to One Project  will be given £17,425 to provide mobile phones and laptops for staff and volunteers to allow for agile working, fund extra additional hours for staff as well as website development for interactive service to deal with more remote referrals. The money will also assist with adaptation of the office and training.

Deborah Regan, Project Manager, said:

“We are so grateful for the grant award as this will do amazing things for our project, the services we provide and the service users we support. The funding will help us to expand further into the community, continue to support a range of issues including victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse allowing us to offer an immediate response through a remote service provision.” 

The Magdalene Group are set to receive £40,468 to assist with transformation/deep cleaning of office space to allow for social distancing, PPE and ICT provision. The money will also increase functionality of digital/media platforms at the Project and assist with additional staff cost to support clients.

Orwell Housing, a domestic abuse refuge, will get £8,938 to fund additional staffing to run online/virtual Freedom Programme for approximately 50 women. Freedom Booklets for clients and three tablets for women in refuge to access online support.

Hope Into Action will have £2,002 to assist with broadband provision and additional staffing support for victims of DA.

Norfolk Community Law Service will get £17,048 to fund mobile phones for agile working as well as additional staff to support DA victims through the Family Court process and legal options/solutions including solicitors.