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  • Danny Byrne

WAVES Awarded £10,000 Grant to Support Therapy Services for Domestic Abuse Survivors in Cornwall

In a significant boost to support services for survivors of domestic abuse in Cornwall, the WAVES Counselling Project has been granted £10,000 by the Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF). This funding injection will directly contribute to extending therapy and outreach services to those affected by domestic violence and abuse across the region. The WAVES Counselling Project stands as a beacon of support for individuals who have endured various forms of domestic violence, abuse, or family-related trauma. Their confidential counselling and outreach services, administered by specially trained counsellors, offer a safe space for individuals to navigate their experiences and embark on a journey of healing and recovery.

This project's primary goal is to empower survivors to effect positive changes in their lives through therapy and individualized support. Importantly, WAVES aims to ensure that its services are accessible to all, irrespective of financial means or social barriers. They extend their support to marginalized groups such as individuals on low incomes, young people, disabled persons, and members of the LGBTQ+ community who may face additional challenges in accessing therapy elsewhere.

The inclusivity of WAVES' services is reflected in their commitment to providing support regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or previous psychiatric history. Their holistic approach to counselling acknowledges the diverse needs of each individual, fostering an environment of respect, confidentiality, and understanding. The generous grant from the Cornwall Community Foundation underscores the collective effort to address the pervasive issue of domestic abuse within the region. Established in 1999, the Cornwall Community Foundation has been instrumental in providing vital support to grassroots organizations striving to tackle poverty, exclusion, and disadvantage in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

"Counselling is not just a service; it's a lifeline. With the support of the Cornwall Community Foundation, we are honoured to extend our reach and offer hope to survivors of domestic abuse across Cornwall. We would like to thank the Cornwall Community Foundation on behalf of WAVES, Cornwall Refuge Trust, our counsellors, team, and most importantly our clients"

-Jo Stone, WAVES Manager

Through its philanthropic initiatives, the Foundation has facilitated over £16 million in funding to more than 7,000 local projects since its inception. Their dedication to building resilient communities and fostering social equity aligns seamlessly with the mission of WAVES Counselling Project, amplifying the impact of their collaborative endeavors.

At the heart of the Cornwall Community Foundation's ethos lies a commitment to inclusivity, connectivity, and independence. Their emphasis on local empowerment and grassroots initiatives resonates deeply with WAVES' vision of creating a supportive environment where individuals can reclaim agency over their lives.

As the WAVES Counselling Project receives this substantial grant, it not only signifies a financial investment but also a vote of confidence in their vital work within the community.

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