Charity receives a £73,000 boost

Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services will support more victims of domestic abuse thanks to a three-year grant of £73,073 from Lloyds Bank Foundation.

Monday, 30th January 2017, 7:37 am
Lloyds Banking Group

The grant will contribute towards the organisation’s day-to-day costs, increasing its capacity to help those experiencing domestic abuse and enabling front-line workers to deliver high-quality services to those most in need.

Georgia Evans, chief executive of Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services, said: “This grant provides us with the stability and support so that we can do more to support people affected by domestic abuse.

“Our front-line practitioners will no longer be tied up with telephone duties and back-room tasks.

“The grant will ensure that we have dedicated staff to answer incoming calls and deal with administrative tasks.

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“This will free up our front-line staff to support more people and reach isolated victims in rural communities.

“Our staff will be able to provide one-to-one practical and emotional support victims need to break the cycle of abuse, giving them back their voices and allowing them to lead safer lives free from violence.”

Paul Streets, chief executive of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, added: “Cuts to public funding and changes to commissioning mean specialist local charities are struggling to stay afloat despite increasing demand for their services.

“Funding from grant makers such as Lloyds Bank Foundation can be a lifeline for many such small charities.

“We are pleased to get this new year off to a great start by supporting Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services whose work in their community is invaluable.”

He continued: “We will be working even more closely with all the charities we support in 2017 to make sure their voices are heard.”

Funding from independent grant-making organisations, such as Lloyds Bank Foundation, are increasingly vital to the survival of many specialist local charities who have previously relied on income from government and councils.

Research shows that despite three in four charities reporting a continued increase in demand for their services, 60% say they know of one or more local groups that have been forced to close in the last year alone.

As well as cuts to public funding, its Commissioning in Crisis report, published last month (December 2016), reveals a broken public commissioning system which excludes small charities from bidding for and winning contracts.

Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services received one of 51 new grants made to small and medium-sized charities in the third round of Lloyds Bank Foundations Invest grants for 2016, worth a total of £3,210,588*. The Foundation made a total of 281 grants worth £12.3m last year.