A CHARITY which helps victims of domestic abuse in Mansfield and Ashfield has received a boost after receiving a £300,000 lottery grant.
Former Chad charity Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Services (NIDAS) will spend the cash on giving safety, advice, practical help and emotional support to victims of domestic abuse.
The funding from Big Lottery Reaching Communities programme has given a much-needed boost to the charity’s coffers and business change manager Lisa Haydon, who took up her position 12 months ago, says NIDAS will now be able to reach out to more victims.
“It is an exciting time for NIDAS which has gone through a massive period of change over the last year and now we are working hard to make sure that we are sustainable,” she said.
“It is a great feeling to have support from the lottery, it is a huge confidence boost for our staff who have so much drive and energy.”
Lisa joined NIDAS in October last year and has overseen a number of changes and made numerous bids for additional funding to help preserve the charity’s future.
“It is so hard to get funding these days because every bid is completely oversubscribed so charities now need to have a business centred approach,” added Lisa.
The funding will pay for two new women’s support workers to carry out a four part intervention programme with victims.
They will help victims rebuild their lives with sessions including confidence building, arts and crafts, employment preparation and relaxation over a set time period.