Backing Bids For Funding
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03 Mar 2015
My fellow Rotherham MPs and I are backing bids for Government funding to help child abuse survivors in Rotherham.
A fund, making nearly £5 million available for organisations, was announced by the Home Secretary just before Christmas, but only opened for applications early last month.
Rotherham Women’s Counselling Service are bidding for nearly £160,000 to offer additional counselling sessions and fund larger premises. A combined bid led by Voluntary Action Rotherham from voluntary organisations jointly named the Children, Young People and Families Consortia has also applied for nearly £500,000.
Rotherham’s voluntary groups have a proven record of providing effective and valued support – but now demand is unprecedented, and they need to be able to do much more.
Despite some additional, short-term funding from Rotherham Borough Council it is clear there is currently not enough provision. Given the courage it takes for victims and survivors to seek help in the first place, I hope that this much needed money will come to Rotherham.