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New funding to be given to victim support services to help with cost-of-living pressures

The Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester has announced new funding for local organisations across the city-region that support victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

The funding will help organisations respond to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, aiding them to continue to provide support to those accessing their services over the winter months.

The funding has been provided in part by the Ministry of Justice through the victims’ core grant funding. The money will go towards practical measures, such as care packages, additional capacity within services, peer mentor sessions, group counselling, costs to support people accessing services and interpreter costs.

Organisations that will receive funding responded to an expression of interest process which specified prioritised support for communities of identity, no recourse to public funds, older people and people with disabilities. The funding started reaching the organisations in December 2022, to ensure help and provision was available over the holiday period.

The full list of organisations that have received funding is below:

  • Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN)
  • Olive Pathway
  • Survivors Manchester
  • LGBT Foundation
  • Safety4Sisters
  • GM Law Centre
  • DIAS (via Wigan Council)
  • Endeavour
  • Midgal Emunah
  • Safenet
  • WaiYin
  • Dimobi Children’s Disability Trust
  • The River Manchester
  • Pankhurst Trust (Manchester Women’s Aid)
  • Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH)
  • Action Together Oldham
  • Rochdale Women’s Welfare Association (RWWA)
  • Rochdale Connections Trust
  • Victim Support in Rochdale
  • WHAG
  • Salford Foundation
  • Salford Women’s Aid
  • Stockport Women’s Centre
  • Bridges
  • LEAP
  • TDAS (via Trafford Council)
  • Stockport Without Abuse
  • Diversity Matters Northwest
  • Warm Hut UK

Speaking about the announcement, Kate Green, Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire said:

“I’m happy that we’re able to allocate this funding to our local organisations to help with rising costs due to the cost-of-living crisis. Over what can be difficult winter months, this funding will help them continue their good work to support victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

"We remain committed to keeping people safe, supporting victims and survivors, and continuing to tackle gender-based violence and abuse in all its forms.”

Those needing to access support can find services in their area on Greater Manchester Victims’ Services website.

A list of gender-based violence support services is on the GMCA Gender-Based Violence Strategy webpage.

More help and support to deal with the wider aspects of the cost-of-living crisis is available on the GMCA Helping Hand webpage.

Further information on the priorities of Greater Manchester’s Standing Together Plan and the Gender-Based Violence Strategy can be found on the GMCA website.

Article Published: 13/01/2023 13:34 PM