Age UK Isle of Wight have this week received notification that they will receive £34,000 to continue to deliver their successful LGBTQI Domestic Abuse and Hate Crime Support Project, for a further year.
The local Island charity has secured the backing from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Office of the Police Crime Commissioner (OPCC), who have been funding the project since April 2015.
The venture has been successfully raising awareness around the challenges of sexual and domestic violence in LGBTQI relationships, and has developed a range of practical solutions to enable victims of homophobic hate crime or domestic violence to feel protected and supported. In addition, it offers support for the Island’s transgender community through regular events, and the provision of a confidential, safe space in which people can talk openly about their experiences.
Project Co-ordinator, Anna Murray commented;
“The LGBTQI Project has confirmed the importance for an individualised, person-centred approach in supporting the Island’s LGBTQI community, recognising that we are responding to a diverse range of individuals with often complex needs and vulnerabilities. For some, our events are a lifeline so we are thrilled to be able to continue our work and support”.
Age UK Isle of Wight will also receive £23,000 to deliver a Neighbourhood Watch Plus Project, working alongside existing Neighbourhood Watch groups on the Island. This new approach will be maximised by linking to the charity’s LGBTQI Hate Crime and Restorative Justice Projects, and will be supported by the charity’s Digital Inclusion Project, in order to raise awareness of cyber crime in older Island residents.
Good Neighbour Scheme Team Leader, Mark O’Sullivan commented;
“This is a really exciting opportunity for Age UK Isle of Wight. Working with existing Neighbourhood Watch groups, this project will aim to encourage everyone at a local level to see that crime reduction, public safety and creating vibrant, inclusive communities is everyone’s business”.
Age UKIW CEO Jo Dare said:
“Crime and fear of crime are very important concerns, particularly to the most vulnerable older people. Both of these projects support our principle vision to enable older people to live well and become happier, healthier and more connected in their communities. We look forward to working with all our Partners at community level to really make a difference.”