The Big Lottery has just invested £48.5 million in 63 organisations that improve the lives of women and girls, and The Nelson Trust is one of them. The need is great, but now more women at risk will regain control of their lives after extreme difficulties: homelessness; poor mental health; money worries; involvement in the social care system; sexual exploitation; domestic abuse and violence; abusive and traumatic events in childhood; and drug and alcohol problems.
Geeta Gopalan, Big Lottery Fund England committee vice chair and chair of the funding panel for women and girls, said: “I am delighted that we can use money raised through National Lottery players to go back into the community and help young girls and women most in need.”
The grant is £144,000 per year across two sites for two full-time Key Workers and a part time Key Worker in Gloucester and one full time Key Worker in Swindon for the next five years. The boost will help to raise awareness of our service and enable us to reach more women who need stability in their lives. The team will focus on enabling vulnerable women make positive change by providing practical and emotional support, mentoring and employability skills. Many of the women we work with have limited life choices, but with the right support and understanding, they can take control of their lives, recover and thrive in their families and communities.
The Big Lottery is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. They put people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through local projects. Since June 2004, they have awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people. Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.
Thanks to the Big Lottery, we can continue to bring belief, hope and long term recovery to the lives of more women in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.