We were thrilled to hear from one of our recent evaluation clients, Home-Start Shepway, that they have been awarded a £499,999 Big Lottery Fund grant to continue New Beginnings, a specialist project supporting families affected by domestic abuse in Shepway, Kent.

New Beginngings supports women affected by domestic abuse to develop individual pathways of support by providing a comprehensive range of support and advisory services to meet their needs. I’ve seen the impact of this project first hand, having interviewed a number of mums who have been helped by the project when I was commissioned to evaluate the current Big Lottery Fund project, with a view to enabling the charity to demonstrate it’s impact ahead of applying for continuation funds.

Home-visiting is key to the service and Home-Start Shepway also provided training programmes and support groups for women enabling them to develop self-esteem, self-confidence and long-term employment and enable women to rebuild their lives.

Congratulations to Sam and the team, this is a huge achievement for local families in Shepway.

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