Women’s refuge gets funding boost

Cllr Pert and Dickie James at the new refuge.

A refuge for victims of domestic abuse, located in Stafford, has received a financial boost.

Stafford Borough Council has been successful in securing nearly £146,000 of Government money to help support ‘ForWard House’ the state of the art refuge which was opened last year.

The Council bid for a share of a £20 million nationwide pot from the Department of Communities and Local Government to support victims of domestic abuse.

The £2.6 million state of the art facility is run by Staffordshire Women’s Aid and has 12 self-contained apartments and can cater for up to 34 children at any one time. The funding will help pay for support workers and specialist mental health provision.

Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities at the Council, said:

“It is great news that we have been able to secure more funding for this very important refuge – and testament to the vital work the facility does ensuring some very vulnerable women and their families are given the support and help they need to help them get back on their feet.

“Our refuge has provided a template for the future provision of those who have been subject to domestic violence and abuse – at a time when other facilities around the country have had to close.”

The Borough Council and Staffordshire Women’s Aid worked with Cannock Chase District Council and South Staffs District Council on the successful bid – securing funding of £145,834.

Chief Executive of Staffordshire Women’s Aid, Dickie James, said:

“We are so pleased to have been awarded this funding by DCLG. It will mean we can provide the specialist support for vulnerable women and children from our local community, who are no longer safe in their own homes, so they can look forward to safe and independent futures.

“The bid was the result of the strong partnership we have with the borough and local councils and demonstrates their commitment to supporting victims of domestic violence.”