Lottery funding for domestic abuse charities

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Five organisations are sharing in a £664,000 windfall. 

16th January 2020 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

Charities supporting women and children affected by domestic abuse have been awarded a total of £664,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund.

The money will be split between five organisations which offer counselling and practical help to women in abusive relationships.

Amongst those benefitting is No Feart in Glasgow, who will use an award of £92,193 to support women to recognise the signs of a controlling and abusive relationship whilst giving them skills, self-esteem and positive strategies to move forward.

Welcoming the award, founder and managing director Lynn Smillie said: “In the last three years our previous funding has allowed us to become a key organisation in Glasgow, offering long term recovery outcomes to people who take part in our educational courses.

“These courses have empowered people with knowledge about abusive tactics and the abuser’s environment which have shaped their beliefs and how society enforces them.” 

In Aberdeen, Pathways Services will use their award of £86,415 to continue running a much-needed counselling service for women, both in the city and across rural Aberdeenshire, who have experienced domestic abuse.

Manager Malcolm Pritchard said: “This money will make a huge difference to women who have experienced abuse and will provide a flexible approach including either telephone or face to face counselling, which means that our service is accessible to women no matter how remote their location.”

The remaining awards will go to Perthshire Women’s Aid, who will receive £245,370 to develop and continue an existing project which provides one to one advice and support to women in rural communities; East Dunbartonshire Women's Aid, who will be given £150,000 for a two-year project in Milngavie and Bearsden supporting survivors of abuse; and Border Women's Aid, who will use their £90,226 to expand support in the community from four weeks of post-refuge support to a full year.

The awards are part of a £5.6 million funding package being shared among 49 Scottish third sector organisations.

Neil Ritch, National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Director, said: “It’s thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players that we are today announcing over £5m to 49 life-changing projects across Scotland.

“Some of this funding will make a real difference to the lives of thousands of women and children across the country, from Aberdeenshire to the Scottish Borders, by providing them with vital support at a time when they need it the most.”