Grant to extend abuse counselling service in Rotherham

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A counselling service in Rotherham has secured a £10,000 grant to help victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Rotherham Women’s Counselling Service has been awarded the money from the Coalfields Community Grants programme.

The money will be used to recruit a part-time counsellor, which will allow the organisation to provide additional support for both men and women, and to cover fees for professional supervision.

The remaining cash will be used to rent further space, meaning that private counselling sessions can be offered to those who are in need of support, advice and guidance.

Sandra Moule, business development manager at Rotherham Woman’s Counselling Service, said: “We work with some of the most vulnerable people in our local community and to know that this grant will allow us to not only continue but extend the services we provide is a great relief.

“This money is invaluable to us and more importantly those who are able to turn their lives around as a result of the sessions we deliver.”

Andy Lock, head of operations in England at the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, said: “Rotherham Women’s Counselling Service provides a lifeline to local people when they are extremely vulnerable. We know that the money will allow them to invest and grow over the years ahead.

“The fact that we can support such important work is testament to the dedication of those involved but we know that there is more that needs to be done. In order for organisations like Rotherham Women’s Counselling Service to deliver life-changing support, we must continue to invest in coalfield communities throughout the country. We cannot simply turn our backs on 5.5million people.”