COMMUNITY ORGANISATION AWARD FOR AGE –
Established in 1997 to support women and children experiencing domestic abuse in the North West, in addition to that provided by women’s refuges. Major gaps in provision were identified for those escaping abuse, having to leave their family pets behind to face an uncertain future. In 1998 funding was granted for three years to set up a pet fostering service – enabling women and children to access refuges knowing their pets were safe from the hands of their abusers. Now providing four further services supporting all people escaping domestic abuse; working with the police for those at risk of homicide, supporting those in new homes or those in homeless hostels and B&B’s. Providing an inclusive service with community language speakers for people from BME communities and supporting people from the LGBT communities who can often be excluded.