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Domestic abuse charity receives more than £2,500 in grant funding

PUBLISHED: 12:35 12 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:58 12 February 2019

Staff at the Daisy Programme in Watton celebrate their grant funding. Picture: Breckland District Council

Staff at the Daisy Programme in Watton celebrate their grant funding. Picture: Breckland District Council

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A domestic abuse charity based in Watton has been awarded more than £2.500 in grant funding.

The Daisy Programme offers one-to-one support, individual counselling, group counselling and a 10 week course focusing on perpetrator behaviour and warning signs known as the ‘Freedom Programme’.

The charity was launched in 2015 and received just under £2,600 from Our Breckland Lottery.

The lottery, set up last year by Breckland District Council, costs £1 per entry with 50p going directly to the player’s chosen charity or community group.

A spokesman for the Daisy Programme said: “The Daisy Programme has grown consistently over the last three-and-a-half years, growing to deliver a number of support packages to suit our clients including counselling, training, support groups and even a choir.

“Sadly the demand for our services have risen rapidly since we opened, from 16 support cases in 2015, to 200 in 2018.

“Thankfully Our Breckland Lottery is helping fund some of our services, which we provide from Watton office and via outreach services.”

The charity also provides a confidence course over eight weeks which aims to build self-esteem and confidence.

The spokesman continued: “Our aim over the next year is to make the hub a success, to promote the toxic trio of mental health, domestic abuse and drug and alcohol addiction.

“To enable us to maintain our support hub for local people and to provide all the services currently on offer we are aiming to increase our lottery target next year to £5000.

“The money we’ve received from the lottery ticket sales is great and we hope even more people will support us in the future.”

Councillor Paul Claussen, executive member for place for Breckland, said he was delighted some of the money raised by the lottery would be going to the Daisy Programme.

He said: “The work delivered by the Daisy Programme has been outstanding and will have made such a difference to local people who have faced domestic abuse.

“Although it is incredibly sad that such services are needed, I am delighted that some of the money raised through the Our Breckland Lottery is helping to support such a life-changing and hardworking local charity.”

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