Hestia awarded £10k from the National Lottery to support children affected by domestic abuse in Wandsworth

Wednesday 3rd September 2019

London charity Hestia, one of the largest providers of domestic abuse refuges in the capital, has been awarded £10,000 in National Lottery funding to support children in Wandsworth who have been affected by domestic abuse.

Hestia, which provides refuge accommodation and community support to people who have experienced abuse, has provided the service in the borough of Wandsworth since 2011.

The funding will be used to ensure children living in the refuges are able to access appropriate and effective support through a Children and Family Worker.

The worker will be responsible for ensuring that children living in refuges are settled into their new environment and are able to access crucial services in the borough. This includes registering children with a GP, ensuring they have access to a school place and enabling them to access therapeutic and counselling support.

Amal Laamairi, Project Manager at Hestia’s Wandsworth Domestic Abuse Service, said:

“We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised the importance of our service and the role of a Children and Family Worker. The role is vital in both supporting and safeguarding children who have endured considerable trauma. Without this role and this funding, we would not be able to support mothers and children to recover together, and our service would not be the same.”

The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes, is the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

Last year, Hestia supported 10,000 men, women and children in times of crisis across London and the South East, including over 1,900 victims of domestic abuse. In Wandsworth, the charity also provides support for individuals with mental health and complex needs, victims of modern slavery and older people, as well as offender rehabilitation.


Notes to Editors:

About Hestia:  

Hestia supports adults and children across London in times of crisis.  

Last year Hestia worked with more than 9,000 people, including victims of modern slavery, women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, young care leavers and older people.

From giving someone a home to helping them to get the right mental health support, we support and enable people at the point of crisis. 

Hestia is also the home of UK SAYS NO MORE, a national campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence across the UK.  

About The National Lottery Community Fund

We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.  

We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.


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