Lincolnshire

Boston Women's Aid resumes services with lottery funding.

A Lincolnshire domestic abuse charity can resume its services again after receiving a £375,000 lottery grant.

Boston Women's Aid shut its helpline and reduced services in November after missing out on a contract with Lincolnshire County Council.

It has now been handed the money from the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme.

Manager Lynn Mitchell said the funding had helped secure the charity's future for the next four years.

'Running on reserves'

Boston Women's Aid, which provides accommodation for women and children fleeing domestic abuse, will spend the grant to re-establish its helpline and re-introduce its services for male victims.

Mrs Mitchell said: "This is wonderful news for Boston Women's Aid and domestic abuse victims in the area.

"We had to make some hard decisions last year and rather than closing altogether we decided to carry on with reduced services while looking for alternative funding.

"We were running on reserves and that is not a situation we could have carried on doing so we are grateful that the Big Lottery Fund has recognised just how vital our services are."

Boston Women's Aid opened 27 years ago and last year safe-housed 50 women and 80 children.

In 2010 it became the first women's domestic abuse charity to extend its help and support to men and in 2011/12 its helpline received 651 calls.

Mrs Mitchell said the full services of the charity would resume on 1 October.

Other East Midlands charities to benefit from a pot of £800,000 lottery funding include Enthusiasm Trust from Allenton, Derby and Global Education Derby.

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