Staffordshire charity, Global Lifeline, will be able to continue its vital work to support local women recovering from the devastating effects of domestic abuse, with the help of a £45,000 grant over three years from Lloyds Bank Foundation. The local charity provides a refuge for women who are fleeing abusive relationships and offers them access to support and skills training to help them rebuild their lives. Global Lifeline will use its new grant to support the salaries of its House Manager and Support Worker, who will help the charity support women move towards safer, more secure lifestyles.
Operating in the Uttoxeter area, Global Lifeline has been supporting the local community for ten years and is a safe haven for hundreds of women in surrounding areas like Stoke on Trent, Derby and Burton on Trent. The refuge will provide training and resources to support 15 women each year, helping them engage with local services and access accommodation or benefit entitlements.
Richard Bullock, Chair of Trustees of Global Lifeline, said:
“Global Lifeline is delighted that Lloyd Bank Foundation, has awarded our Halfrida House Project a grant that will run over the next three years. Halfrida House is a refuge and support service for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence.
Although we are a registered charity, we do not receive government funding, and we rely on grants that we receive from charitable organisations. This Lloyd Bank Foundation grant will enable us to expand our services, and provide stability for the staff and volunteers in the future. The funding will be a huge help in meeting our ongoing operating costs, and we are extremely grateful to Lloyds Bank Foundation for this.”
Paul Streets, CEO of Lloyds Bank Foundation, said:
“As highlighted in our recent research, small and medium-sized charities have been hit hardest by changes to public funding yet at the same time, demand for their services has risen. We are more committed than ever to providing vital funding to charities like Global Lifeline, allowing them to grow and thrive, and to reach and help the people that really rely on them.”
The 45,000 grant made to Global Lifeline was one of 90 grants totalling £4,014,903 made to small and medium-sized charities across England and Wales in the first of three annual grant rounds, including 10 grants totalling £317,622 awarded across the West Midlands.
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is the largest corporate foundation in the UK and an independent charity funded by Lloyds Banking Group as part of the Helping Britain Prosper Plan.