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Gloucestershire charity secures funding to help steer women away from crime

The Nelson Trust has been revealed as one of 38 organisations across the country to receive a share of £2million in government funding so their vital work to steer women away from crime can continue.

The charity, which has a women's centre in Gloucester, has been awarded £60,000 to help cover running costs such as wages, rent and bills at a time when many charities have additional demand for their services due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Christina Line, head of business development at The Nelson Trust, said: "The Nelson Trust are delighted to have been awarded £60,000 from the Ministry of Justice, which will help women move away from the criminal justice system and towards gender-responsive support provided at our women's centres.

"Women in the justice system have overwhelmingly experienced domestic abuse, trauma and face complex challenges including homelessness, substance misuse, ill health and poverty and are often the primary care-givers, which can make accessing services particularly challenging.

"Our one-stop-shop model, with innovative in-house services such as free on-site crèche facilities, aims to break down barriers women face when accessing support, enabling positive engagement and change."

The Ministry of Justice has also pledged to work alongside other government departments and public services such as the NHS and Public Health England to more effectively support vulnerable women in addressing the issues which can lead them to commit crimes, while up to 500 new prison places will be built in existing women's prisons to improve conditions.

Siobhan Ballie, the MP for Stroud, said: "The Nelson Trust is an absolutely brilliant charity undertaking vital work to help women rebuild their lives and it is fully deserving of this money for the important work they do with such compassion.

"I have been lucky enough to visit Brimscombe and I am delighted its work has been recognised by the government in this way, especially when many charities are finding it difficult to fundraise during the pandemic."

Other South West charities to benefit from the funding program include The Footprints Project in Poole, The Women's Centre Cornwall in Bodmin and Trevi in Plymouth.

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