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Lottery fund to help women escape abuse

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 10, 2013

Domestic abuse victims will benefit from nearly £10,000 of lottery funding.

The Women's Rape And Sexual Abuse Centre (WRSAC) will expand its support sessions from Bodmin to Newquay as a result. It is one of 72 projects, sharing £586,000 in Big Lottery funding across the South West, along with St Mewan Primary School in Cornwall and Earth Trails, a Community Interest Company in Exmouth.

Maggie Parks, chief executive of WRSAC, said the money would be invested in its pattern changing programme, a 14 week course for women who have experienced domestic abuse. She said: "Pattern changing programmes are life-changing experiences for women and obviously we are delighted that the Big Lottery Fund has funded us to expand our programme into other areas of Cornwall.

"They really helps enable and empower them to move forward in their lives, after the devastating experience of domestic abuse."

Other recipients of funding in the latest round of grants includes The Conquest Centre For Disabled Riders Limited in Taunton and Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Dorchester.

St Mewan received £9,130 for its Cycle Safe Cycle Fit project and Earth Trails will spend its £9,084 grant on running a pilot mountain bike trail building, bicycle repair and recycling learning programme.

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