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We are delighted to announce the news that Empowerment’s children and young people’s service, The Den has been awarded the amazing amount of £327,463 over three years from the National Lottery Community Fund. The money will go towards supporting children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse, which often leaves them traumatised and can affect them for the rest of their lives. Children and young people living in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre will be eligible for the support. The Den provides 1:1 and group support to keep the children and young people safe, resilient and feeling connected. This work is vital if each child and young person is to be empowered to reach their own unique potential in life.

The Den works very closely in partnership with other organisations including Fylde Coast Women’s Aid and SafeNet. In addition, we collaborate with local schools, Local Authorities, the Police and other agencies working with children and young people. The importance of this joined up approach is essential to our work, and we are proud of the excellent working relationships we have built up with other organisations.

Kerrie Fawcett, Empowerment’s Domestic Abuse Manager said, ‘The Den has been supporting children and young people on the Fylde Coast for eleven years. In that time, we have provided life changing support for thousands of children and young people. This practical and emotional support enables families to move forward from their experiences of domestic abuse.  It is brilliant that the Lottery has decided to fund us for another three years, many more children and young people’s lives are about to get better.”

Mike Crowther, Empowerment CEO said, ‘We are thrilled that the Lottery has decided to fund The Den for three years. It means we can employ three full-time staff to work across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre to provide this vital support. One of our key aims and mission as a charity is to, ‘Challenge Domestic Abuse and all of its consequences’. The consequences for children and young people who have been exposed to domestic abuse can be awful, however The Den brings hope to them, so that they can rebuild their lives and be happy, thriving and resilient!

Empowerment is very grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for their invaluable support over the years, their financial help makes a massive difference to small charities like Empowerment and those people we support.

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