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  • Writer's pictureDanny Byrne

WAVES Counselling Project bags £1,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

The WAVES Counselling Project will receive £1,000 that will aid the project in providing therapy sessions that are most needed in Cornwall for those who have experienced or are still experiencing domestic abuse, and will also aid the project in reducing waiting times for clients who are seeking free therapy from the service.

Through its staff and 50 volunteers, The WAVES Counselling Project provides free therapy to anyone aged 16 or over in Cornwall who has experienced or is experiencing domestic abuse regardless of age, gender, sexuality, income, disability, ethnicity, or psychological status. According to the crime survey for England and Wales year ending March 2020, an estimated 5.5% of adults aged 16 to 74 (2.3 million people) experienced domestic abuse in the last year, for Cornwall that translates to an estimated 31,128 people who have experienced domestic abuse. To date, this exceptional project has worked with over 3110 clients who have experienced domestic abuse and completed free therapy sessions, equating to over 13,345 hours of therapy. Their amazing volunteers have generously provided over 50,135 hours of their time, which is having an immense impact on their service users and the wider community.

Counsellor Danny Byrne who volunteers for the project said:

“It is grants such as this that help make all the difference, allowing us to help as many people in Cornwall as we can by providing our free specialist domestic abuse counselling service, in a time where domestic abuse funding is very much needed”.

Claire de Silva, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Tesco Community Grants help support local good causes like The WAVES Counselling Project and especially those projects supporting young people, those providing food, and local causes close to our colleagues’ hearts.”

Tesco Community Grants is run in partnership with community focused charity Groundwork, who has awarded grants to thousands of local community projects every year.

Tesco’s Community Grants scheme – previously Tesco Bags of Help - has already provided over £90 million to more than 40,000 projects across Britain.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Tesco Community Grants continues to give local projects the boost they need to help their communities thrive. We are pleased to have been able to help so many local good causes over the years and look forward to seeing what community organisations can achieve in the future with the right resources.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. To find out more visit

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