Charities seek cash to expand services

Safe in Sussex's Freedom Programme helps women learn more about the reality of domestic violence
Safe in Sussex's Freedom Programme helps women learn more about the reality of domestic violence

A CHARITY working with women in abusive relationship wants to expand its Freedom Programme to Southwick.

The 12-week programme, which helps women learn more about the reality of domestic violence, is already running in Worthing, Lancing and Littlehampton.

Safe in Sussex now wants to do more in Adur, particularly in Eastbrook Ward, and has asked Adur District Council for a £3,770 grant.

The funding bid states: “At the moment, this cannot run as there are no funds available to run a free crèche facility for women with children who need to attend.

“There is also a need to run Stay Free and Recovery Toolkit. These are both programmes for women who have left abusive relationships.

“These programmes will be run from the children and family centres in Adur.”

The application is one of 11, totalling £35,457, put forward in the first round of Adur Competitive Community Grants funding for 2014/15.

David Simmons, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, will be deciding on the allocation on or after June 23.

Two charities have asked for £5,000, the largest amount requested.

As You Are Centre, based at Corner House, Southwick, wants the money for educational workshops to educate people in the community about issues related to mental ill health.

Fishersgate Community Association said the money would go towards a variety of arts and cultural events over the coming year.

Adur Community Leisure has asked for £4,710 to start a regular weekly session of walking basketball for the over 50s.

The aim is to offer the sessions at low cost or for free, to give all users the chance to get involved.

A basketball request has also come in from Worthing Thunder, which wants £3,960 to introduce the Dunk Start Basketball Programme to primary school children in Adur.

Various writing workshops and author readings would be funded by the £2,500 requested for Shoreham WordFest 2014, while Lancing Art Club seeks £1,349 to buy display boards, pavement signs, room and van hire for the annual exhibition.

Adur Outdoor Activity Centre wants £1,968 for a storage facility for bikes, canoes and kayaks. Planning permission has already been granted for the 20ft x 8ft container.

West Sussex Mediation Service wants to promote the use of mediation in Adur to resolve conflicts.

It has asked for £2,500 and said that efforts will be made to target areas of deprivation, with the aim of providing education on the use of alternatives to courts or other sanctions.

Funding of £2,000 has been requested to continue the work of Shoreham and Adur Debt Centre, including training a debt coach and raising awareness of the help available.

Spotlight UK, which provides affordable activities for all to increase confidence through social interaction, has applied for£2,700.

It would fund an intergenerational project for young people aged five to 16 years, researching The History of Britain. This would include interviewing local older residents and then producing a film documentary or play.