27th Nov 2020

Thrive Celebrates Funding Success

Thrive celebrates after receiving new grants to support victims of domestic abuse in Neath Port Talbot.

Thrive is today celebrating after recently being awarded two grants to support our work with families impacted by domestic abuse in Neath Port Talbot.

The first grant of nearly £80,000 from BBC Children in Need’s COVID-19 Next Steps Programme will help to fund the continuation of a specialist Children and Young People’s service. The project will employ two Family Support Officers to deliver one to one and group support to children and young people who have been affected by domestic abuse.

Lucy Reynolds, Director of Thrive said “We know that Covid is severely impacting on health and wellbeing and this is particularly  intensified for children and young people whose social interaction has been significantly reduced through school closures and social distancing measures. Since the start of the pandemic we’ve seen a 33% increase in referrals and of those referrals the level of risk to the family is much higher than what we would usually expect.

We are delighted to be awarded funding from BBC Children in Needs to sustain this vital service for the next 18 months. Without this funding our specialist children and young people’s service was at risk of closure at a time where families need us most. The value of the work we deliver is well documented through feedback from children, their families and other professionals in their lives, and we now look forward to continuing this work.”

The second grant awarded to the organisation is from The Henry Smith Charity Improving Lives grant.  A total of £122,200 has been awarded to Thrive to support the continuation of the LIFE project a self-help programme of support to individuals who are impacted by domestic abuse in Port Talbot. The project aims to provide support during critical transition periods and to improve mental health, self-confidence, resilience, support networks, independence and ability to cope and move on.

The LIFE Project will aim to support 150 women over the next 3 years.

Lucy Reynolds, Director of Thrive said, “We are over the moon to be awarded funding for our LIFE project for the next 3 years. Thank you to the Henry Smith Charity for providing some certainty and sustainability of our work at a time where short term emergency funding seems to be the focus. We know reducing isolation, offering mutual peer support opportunities and helping women to develop support networks is a vital part of our service offer, and one that is often overlooked by statutory funding.  I’m sure our existing LIFE members will be thrilled to know that the work of this project will continue both for them and for new women.”

To find out more about LIFE Survivors Network.