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National Lottery funding will support new ‘I Can Change’ project

The Elm Foundation, Crossroads Derbyshire and NCHA/Derbyshire WISH are celebrating today after being awarded over £400,000 in National Lottery funding to support its ‘I can Change’ project.

The consortium of three specialist domestic abuse support providers, deliver refuge accommodation and Domestic Abuse outreach services for women, men, children, and young people across the county. Its ‘I Can Change’ project will work with children and young people to address and reduce abusive tendencies at the earliest possible point. It will help them make positive life choices that will prevent them from becoming adult perpetrators of domestic abuse. The funding will support the project for the next 3 years.

The three organisations that form this partnership have a combined 98 years’ experience of providing Domestic Abuse services in Derbyshire. Each organisation has senior staff with a strong background and years of experience of working in Domestic Abuse service provision.

The new support from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will help launch the charities’ ‘I can Change’ project. The funding will allow 6 new members of staff to manage the project which aims to work with over 250 of children and young people over the initial 3 years of the project. By working with those individuals at the earliest possible point, it should help prevent them from becoming adult perpetrators of domestic abuse.

The CEO of The Elm Foundation says “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund is going to be supporting our ‘I Can Change’ project. Now, thanks to National Lottery players, we’ll be able to launch the project this year and start working with key individuals within the community. This work is vitally important because domestic abuse cases have risen significantly during the national lockdowns and projects like this will help prevent future cases of domestic abuse."