Cohort 4

This organisation aims to provide support for individuals involved in abusive situations who want to make a positive change for themselves; and to support and inform those who work with them. Based in Atherstone in the West Midlands, it offers specific projects as well as one-to-one assistance, aiming to help men, women and children to deal with domestic abusive both in terms of being victims/survivors, and perpetrators.

In June 2015, the Foundation offered a two-year grant totalling £4,278 towards a new support group specifically for women who are in, or who have survived, abusive relationships. The group ‘Slip & Stitch’ will incorporate dressmaking, knitting and garment-making and enable the women to learn new skills, the potential to sell their products and potentially set up a cooperative. It will also offer peer-support and aims to boost confidence and well-being.

www.cohort4.org.uk

Pandora Project

Pandora Project is a relatively new project in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. If offers support, advice and information to women who are, or have been, suffering domestic abuse. It aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse, enable women to (re)gain control of their lives, and enable families to live in safety. Pandora Project offers one-to-one support, legal advice and outreach work with local communities.

In February 2015 Allen Lane awarded £7,500 towards the salary of a project manager to enable the Project to develop. The worker aims to recruit, organise and supervise additional volunteers, liaise with agencies, develop and promote the service and support the administration of the work.

www.pandoraproject.org.uk

START

START (Survivors Trauma and Abuse Recovery Trust) aims to help people recover from childhood abuse, and lead healthy lives, both physically and mentally. It works to promote recovery from, and raise awareness of, dissociative disorders, which can be the result of chronic childhood sexual or physical abuse.

The Foundation made a two-year grant £4,000pa grant to START in February 2015. The grant was towards general running costs of the charity, to enable it to continue to provide in-depth and long-term support to survivors and offer information, advice and training for carers and professionals. Around 900 people with dissociative disorders benefit currently.

www.start-online.org.uk

Rape Crisis (Wycombe, Chiltern & South Bucks)

This charity supports female survivors of any form of sexual violence – rape, assault or child sexual abuse – whether historical, recent or current. It offers befriending, counselling face-to-face or on the phone, telephone support, support when going to the police/court/health appointments/form filling, regular self-help/support group meetings, support to non-abusing friends and family of the survivor, talks, training and support to other organisations.

The Foundation made a £5,000 pa grant for two years from October 2014 towards costs of the Independent Sexual Violence Advice (ISVA) service. The ISVA service offers trained support workers who work with multi-agency partnerships to help victims find the advice, advocacy and assistance they need from different agencies. It is a free, independent and open-ended service aiming to help women move from being victims of abuse, to survivors.

www.wycomberapecrisis.org.uk

Break the Silence

Break the Silence provides free and confidential support services to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and rape across East and North Ayrshire. It offers one-to-one support, group work and other therapies which are all geared towards helping people deal with complex issues related to the abuse, and move forward.

The Foundation contributed £7,500 towards the charity’s general running costs in June 2014 to support the work as referrals continue to increase.

 

www.breakthesilence.org.uk