Trust support

Many charitable trust and foundations generously support our work and enable us to extend and improve the services we offer to victims and witnesses throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Big Lottery Fund awarded three year funding to enable us to appoint a national project manager for young victims of crime. She is overseeing our development work on support for young victims and will liaise with agencies within the criminal justice system and the major children's charities to ensure a co-ordinated approach to the issues facing young victims and witnesses. Together with funding from a private charitable foundation, the Lottery grant has also enabled us to establish three separate pilot projects in England, working with young victims, to seek new ways of:

A three year grant from The Tudor Trust is funding an outreach pilot project which will focus on reaching and supporting more victims of domestic violence. It will test ways of making information available in different locations and how best to encourage victims of domestic violence to seek confidential help and advice.

BBC Children in Need helped us develop and implement a child Witness Service to make sure that children called to appear in court are given better support and are less intimidated by their experiences. Both service delivery to vulnerable young witnesses, through trained volunteers, and facilities in court have been improved so that young people are better informed, can wait in a more comfortable environment and have access to a responsible, independent adult to help with any questions they may have.

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