Lottery grant will change lives of Bradford women fleeing domestic violence (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Three years’ cash for project helping victims of violence and forced marriage
Staff at a charity which helps women fleeing domestic violence and forced marriage have told how a lottery grant has changed the lives of Bradford women.
Bradford’s Anah Project was awarded £285,263 in December from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme, which aims to support those most in need and build stronger communities.
The project only helps single women from the black and multi-ethnic community and suffered a blow when it lost grants. But now it has secured the three years of funding from the Lottery. That cash has helped change the lives of two teenagers who fled forced marriages and were then able to complete their A-Levels. They went to college and university because of the help they received.
Joyce Simon, Director of the Anah Project, said that, despite the traumatic and distressing circumstances these women have experienced, they have fulfilled their resolve to pursue their education with the support from the staff team. One of those helped said: “I feel confident and happy that I did so well in my exams and now have the opportunity to be able to go to college, I am happy and safe.” The other teenager said: “I am so happy I passed my A-Levels and got into university. I appreciate all the advice and support I have been given from the staff at Anah Project and I am confident about my goals and future plans.” Neither can be identified.
Other funding comes from Henry Smith and Lloyds TSB, who are the project’s prime funders, along with the Lottery.
Ms Simon added: “The funders have enabled the Anah Project to continue to support black and multi-ethnic women to be free from abuse and to achieve their aspirations and goals in life.
“We will continue to support the women who live in our refuge so that they can achieve their full life potential. The achievement of these two women has given all of the workers at Anah Project a real boost and we will continue to work positively with single lone women on their path to independence.”
For help from the project call 0845 9606011.