Domestic and sexual abuse charity Staying Put has been awarded a £100,000 grant from the Barclays Community Foundation Fund.
The Bradford-based charity plans to use the funding to provide six more homes for abuse survivors.
Currently there is a shortage of accommodation for survivors when they are ready to move on from emergency refuges.
Yasmin Khan, CEO of Staying Put, said: “We’re delighted to receive this grant and very grateful to Barclays for providing these much-needed funds for the life-changing and life-saving services we offer.
“We always need more funds to help survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, but particularly at this time, as many more people are reaching out to us for help.
“There has been an increase in referrals since the easing of lockdown restrictions and we know many people have struggled to cope throughout this crisis.
“This money will enable us to move residents out of our emergency refuges, when they are tenancy ready, into dispersed accommodation – keeping refuge spaces available for high-risk, crisis referrals.
“Dispersed accommodation provides abuse survivors with a safe and secure self-contained property, while we continue to offer them support. It’s a vital step towards recovery for many people.”
Amina* fled domestic abuse with her young daughter and was initially placed in a hotel as an emergency measure. Staying Put was able to provide her with a safe house and give her help and support to move forward.
After a short period in dispersed accommodation, Amina and her daughter are now able to live independently and she can plan for her future.
Amina said: “I feel great that I am here. I feel relieved I have received so much support. All the staff have been so supportive and friendly. I am grateful for so much support that I needed in this time of my life.”
Back in April, Barclays announced a £100m Community Aid Package to support charities that are helping people and communities most impacted by COVID-19. £10m of this funding has been donated through their 100×100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme, with Staying Put being one of 100 UK charities each receiving a donation of £100k, allowing their important work to continue.
Dan Styler, Barclays Business Area Manager, said: “This crisis has had an unprecedented impact across the UK and we know this is an incredibly challenging time for many in Bradford. By reaching those most in need of support, local charities, such as Staying Put have played a vital role in this crisis to date, and no doubt they will do going forward. As a proud member of our community, we are doing everything we can for our customers, clients and colleagues, and we hope that our partnership with Staying Put will allow many others to access the help they need as this crisis develops.”
The Staying Put Freephone helpline is open, 9.30am-12noon & 12.30pm-4.30pm Mon-Fri, on 0808 2800 999.
The National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline is open 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.
Anyone who feels they, or another member of the family, are in immediate danger should call the police on 999.
Affordable Legal Services @ Staying Put is also available – anyone in need of expert, specialist legal advice can call the Freephone number 0800 077 3065 or email email@example.com
Victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse can be male or female, although the majority of victims are female and the majority of perpetrators are male. Domestic abuse affects one woman in four at some point in her lifetime and it kills two women every week in the UK.
For more information on the services provided by Staying Put, go to www.stayingput.uk.net
*Amina’s name has been changed to protect her identity. Picture posed by models.
Notes to editors:
Staying Put is a domestic abuse and sexual violence charity based in Bradford, which has been running for 19 years and works across West and South Yorkshire with services in Barnsley and Sheffield. The charity supports women, men and children who are victims/survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Staying Put has also recently launched a new service, Affordable Legal Services @ Staying Put, offering legal advice to all victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse who are not eligible for legal aid, in West Yorkshire. The seed funding for this project came from West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Reaching Communities programme.
About Barclays 100×100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme
Barclays is committed to helping its customers, clients, colleagues, and the wider community deal with the unprecedented social and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. Barclays £100m COVID-19 Community Aid Package is designed to deliver support where it is needed most through corporate donations and matched colleague fundraising. An initial investment of £10m from the £100m Community Aid Package has been made through Barclays’ 100×100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme, which has seen the bank make 100 donations of £100,000 to charities across the UK.