SURVIVORS of domestic and sexual abuse are set to be given a helping hand thanks to a Stratford-based charity.
Lifeways raises funds by letting its rooms to a range of professional self-employed therapists, counsellors and local organisations.
Any extra running costs as a result are put aside for community and social projects chosen by its trustees.
And the charity has now agreed to donate £2,000 to The Domestic Abuse Counselling Service (DACS) and Safeline Warwick, which have both seen a surge in the number of people coming for support recently.
The cash injection will allow Safeline to fund projects for men who have been abused as well as paying for counselling techniques including drama therapy, narrative therapy and art therapy.
DACS, meanwhile, will use the funds to reduce its waiting list of domestic abuse survivors.
Neil Henderson, CEO for Safeline said “It’s great Lifeways is able to support our work in Stratford district. Sexual abuse and rape affect men, women and children from all walks of life and can have a devastating impact on survivors.
“With support from Lifeways, we will help survivors develop ways of coping – enabling them to regain control of their lives and contribute positively within their community.”
Kate Farmer, DACS CEO, added: “Lifeways has offered us a base to work from that has a wonderful supportive and nurturing atmosphere.
“To have been given this grant for our work means more than I can express.”