A FIVE FIGURE grant has been used to help ensure more vulnerable women, men and children in Coventry can be supported courtesy of Lloyds Bank Foundation.
The Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) has received £73,622 from the foundation to support their vital work in helping some of Coventry’s most vulnerable residents who have been victims of sexual abuse.
Used over a three-year period, the grant will fund the role of a part-time Community Outreach Worker – who will offer a service that engages with victims and helps them through the trauma of abuse.
The grant made to CRASAC is one of eight grants totalling more than £500,000 awarded across the West Midlands, and one of 88 grants totalling over £4million across England and Wales.
Made through the Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Invest Programme, the grant has been donated after Lloyd’s identified dozens of small and medium-sized charities which help vulnerable people.
Dianne Whitfield, chief executive officer of CRASAC, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation.
“The grant will enable us to provide sensitive support and advocacy to women and girls who have or are still experiencing sexual violence and abuse.
“This dedicated project will act as a bridge between communities and abuse services and support prevention.”
Paul Streets, chief executive of Lloyds Bank Foundation, said: “Fundraising for small and medium-sized charities is increasingly precarious at a time of government cuts and economic uncertainty.
“That is why Lloyds Bank Foundation is helping organisations like CRASAC continue the impressive work they do.
“We are proud to be investing in life-changing charities who are breaking the cycle of disadvantage as part of our role in Lloyds Banking Group’s Helping Britain Prosper plan.”