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Funding boost for South Shields women’s charity

WHiST chief executive officer Angela Oxberry.
WHiST chief executive officer Angela Oxberry.

A charity which aims to help women improve their general health and wellbeing has received a boost to its funds.

Women’s Health in South Tyneside has been handed £14,7555 from Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird’s supporting Victim’s Fund.

The cash will be used to help the charity to offer a package of services to women living with domestic violence and abuse.

It is thought about 80 women will benefit from the funds over eight months.

This includes six women a week accessing the Listening Ear service – designed to be the first point of access for women in crisis before being signposted to other agencies; 15 women attending awareness raising courses; 36 women accessing support groups and two women a week accessing debt and finance advice.

Mrs Baird said: WHiST is an excellent charity that works tirelessly to help women suffering from domestic violence and abuse.

“The estimated figures show nearly 100 women over the next eight months could be helped with this funding, so I was delighted to be able to approve the charity’s application.

“Tackling domestic abuse is an absolute priority of mine and helping victims to pathways of safety is vital.

“Domestic abuse is a terrible legacy for families and it’s so important we protect the victims and any children plus tackle perpetrators.

WHiST chief executive officer Angela Oxberry said: “We are pleased to receive this funding as it will increase the support available for women in need and help them to improve their circumstances.”

For details on WHiST, visit www.whist.org.uk