Funding crisis forces charity to cut crucial services for children
Published on: 01 Jul 2016
A SOUTH Gloucestershire charity has been forced to cut programmes for children caught up in domestic abuse after the loss of two donors who accounted for £250,000.
Survive has warned the number of young people it helps could drop from 1,600 in 2015 to fewer than 200 with four of the six services the local charity provides for children scheduled to close on July 1.
South Gloucestershire Council said it was in talks with the charity about funding.
Helen Chignell, Survive's children and young people's services manager, said domestic abuse "really affects children on a profound level".
"These children will have seen everything in the family home - the violence and sensing it - and it will be affecting their emotional and mental wellbeing.
“Through excellent, specialist services Survive has been able to support children and young people in South Gloucestershire to move on with their lives and to have restored and a future.
“Without these vital services for children and young people they won’t have the means to understand and to process what has happened in a safe and supported way and to develop key skills for life.
The two programmes that will continue are funded by South Gloucestershire Council.
In a statement the council said: "We are in discussion with the charity to see what support we can offer. These discussions are at an early stage. Our current funding arrangement with them still stands."
Survive has operated in South Gloucestershire for 40 years providing three refuges, one-to-one support, information sessions and support for domestic abuse victims and work in schools.