Extra help for homeless and domestic violence victims in Wirral

Two Wirral charities supporting some of the most vulnerable and ‘at risk’ people in the Borough have been awarded a share of additional grants from the Government.

The Wirral Churches’ Ark Project has been awarded £30,000 and is one of 130 charities to receive £6 million to help people who are homeless or rough sleeping.

Wirral Women and Children’s Aid providing emergency accommodation for women suffering domestic abuse is to is to get £45,080, as part of a further £8.1 million government cash for domestic abuse charities.

Councillor Lesley Rennie (Conservative, Wallasey Ward) said: “I know from my time on the beat as a local police officer how those who are already vulnerable are at even greater risk of abuse or crime.

“Since the Covid-19 outbreak began, local councils have found accommodation for 15,000 homeless and rough sleepers, including 130 here in Wirral.

“The extra cash announced for both charities will help many of those at risk to find somewhere safer to live.”

Commenting on Twitter, Wirral Ark said they were: "Very happy to receive Government funding which will enable us to continue to protect our society's most vulnerable people."

Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing Luke Hall added: “This money will help charities continue to support these people and ensure they are getting everything they need to prevent them from returning to a life on the streets so they can rebuild their lives once and for all and help people across England escape abuse and rebuild their lives, away from the threat of violence.”

Government has also confirmed that it will bring forward legislation to give domestic abuse victims ‘priority need’ access to settled housing, ensuring they can find a home which is safe, secure and away from the threat of abuse.