Funding lifeline for vital Liberty Centre
A WEST Lancashire charity supporting victims of domestic violence and abuse, whose future was in doubt following the threat of funding being removed, has been handed a £50,000 funding boost.
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, one of the UK’s leading community grant makers, has awarded the donation to the Liberty Centre, formerly West Lancashire Women’s Refuge, to fund its work supporting women and children living with, or at risk of domestic abuse over the next two years.
The award will help the charity, which has an information centre in Ormskirk and outreach workers throughout West Lancashire, to 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 two 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.
Chief executive, Eleanor Maddocks escaped from domestic violence and successfully settled in a new area with six 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.
Now the search is on to recruit a successor who can secure the charity’s long-term future and continue to deliver on Eleanor’s legacy to the community.
Eleanor said: “We are delighted to be supported by Lloyds Bank Foundation for the next two 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 and 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, chief executive of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, said: “We are proud to support The Liberty Centre in its invaluable work.”