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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-20-05

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Local domestic abuse charity celebrates 30 year Anniversary

THE Liberty Centre based in Ormskirk has received a ₤50,000 grant to fund its work supporting women and children living with, or at risk of domestic abuse over the next 2 years.

The charity has been awarded the grant by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, 1 of the UK's leading community grant makers, to help expand its work through refuge provision, outreach, confidence building courses, group work and counselling so that those experiencing or fleeing domestic abuse can rebuild their lives positively.

The grant will also contribute towards 50% of the Chief Executive's salary for the next 2 years, securing the charity's future at a time of growing need.

In 2017, the charity celebrates its 30th Anniversary of delivering services in West Lancashire. Its Chief Executive, Eleanor Maddocks escaped from domestic violence and successfully settled in a new area with 6 children.

She set up the refuge in 1987 in response to her own experience, determined that local women should have a safe place to escape from domestic violence.

Eleanor's own experience has been the driving force behind the charity's rapid growth and successful delivery of services for those experiencing domestic and sexual abuse, including local sexual abuse services for the first time.

30 years on, it is time to recruit a successor who can secure the charity's long term future and continue to deliver on Eleanor's legacy to the community.

Small, specialist charities deliver vitally important work in local communities but are often under resourced and lack funding. Current commissioning trends mean Councils are increasingly moving away from awarding charities grants to deliver vital public services and instead are issuing large contracts, which small charities are less likely to win.

Lloyds Bank Foundation aims to strengthen the small charity sector through longer term financial support for the charity's day to day work tackling disadvantage in their local community and by offering further support to help make their organisation more sustainable.

Eleanor Maddocks, Chief Executive of The Liberty Centre, said:- "We are delighted to be supported by Lloyds Bank Foundation for the next 2 years. This funding will help us to continue to support young people, women and men, and families living with, or at risk of, domestic abuse. Raising awareness, providing a safe place to stay, building confidence, offering support and counselling, a 24 hour helpline are all part of our essential services. The Foundation's support means we can provide information, advice and awareness raising across the community so that anyone affected by domestic abuse knows there is a trusted, accessible and effective service that meets their individual needs whenever they need it."

Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive of Lloyds Bank Foundation, for England and Wales, said:- "We are proud to support The Liberty Centre in its invaluable work reaching out, engaging with and empowering more disadvantaged individuals helping them move on from domestic abuse to improve their lives. Through our grants and wider support, Lloyds Bank Foundation will continue to fund, champion and help to build the capacity of small, specialist charities like The Liberty Centre that are an integral part of the social fabric of our communities. Relentless cuts to public spending, unfair commissioning processes and rising demand for their services have hit small charities hard. In this perfect storm, funding from independent grant makers can literally mean the difference between survival and closure."


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