The Cornforth Partnership uses Coalfields Funding to support skills

Thanks to almost £10,000 in funding from the Coalfields Community Investment Programme,  The Cornforth Partnership will provide female survivors of domestic abuse throughout Durham with access to a package of support and training.

Securing £9,894, the project will help those that attend the free sessions to overcome the trauma of their past experiences, while also focusing on developing new skills and training for the future. As well as giving these women greater aspirations, the idea is also to extend their employability.

With only 50 jobs for every 100 people of working age in coalfield communities, providing support, training and provision is fundamental if the lives of people are to change for the better.

Tony Cutmore, of The Cornforth Partnership, said: “It can be very difficult for women to access the support and help that they need following domestic violence and that is why we felt that this project was so important.

“Having the support from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust really does make all of the difference. Without the funding we simply would not be able to work with these women, who have so much to offer and to achieve.”

Chief Executive of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Gary Ellis, added: “We have a five-year strategy in place that focuses on three priorities for action; employment, skills and health and wellbeing.

“We know that access to support and training delivering in this way – in a safe and secure environment – can make all of the difference to these women and we are very pleased to be in a position to redirect funding where it matters most.

“Giving people the chance to reach their aspirations isn’t just about the direct impact it has on them but also on their families, friends and wider community.”

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme supports organisations and programmes of activity that meet with three key criteria; to address skills, employment or health and wellbeing through funding support and a free practical support service.

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