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Cash boost as Sandycroft shares in Ministry of Justice grant

Correspondent 27th Jul, 2020

THE Sandycroft Centre in Redditch has been awarded £28,074 to bolster its work supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

The cash comes from the Ministry of Justice, part of £25million allocated to local charities in England and Wales.

A further £3m has been allocated by the MoJ to recruit more independent sexual violence advisors.

In addition £19.5m has gone to Police and Crime Commissioners and £2.6m to the Rape Support Fund.

The work of the West Avenue centre in Mount Pleasant was recognised last year when it clinched top spot at the Thrive Mental Health Commission Awards, which were backed by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

The citation described the centre as ‘a gift to the local community’.

On hearing the news of the grant from the MoJ, Sandycroft chief executive Lee McKenzie said: “What’s unique about this funding is that the Government has recognised the vital role of specialist independent providers like Sandycroft.

“We have close working relationships with charities such as Women’s Aid, and although funding was directed towards these large charities, the government ensured providers like Sandycroft were able to apply for this funding too.

“Small, independent service providers have been protected and this funding recognises the vital work that we do.”

Redditch MP Rachel Maclean said she was delighted at the news.

“Having visited the Sandycroft Centre I have heard for myself the vital work the centre does in providing care for domestic abuse survivors,” she said.

“It’s a lifeline for so many people and I’m really pleased this funding will help the centre continue providing vital services.”

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