We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have received a £350,000 National Lottery award from the National Lottery Community Fund to extend our trauma and counselling specialist support for survivors of sexual violence over the next three years.
This will support adult survivors of sexual violence across Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian. In particular, the funding will enable us to further develop our ‘Still I Am’ (SIA) project for survivors from Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities aged 16 and over, who have had any form of unwanted sexual experience.
Over the next three years, the Centre will be able to reach out to many more people like Queen*. Welcoming the funding, she said:
“I am very happy and excited that the SIA project got further funding because it has changed my life. I do not know what I would have done without this service and without counselling. I feel that SIA has changed not only mine but also my children’s lives because I can be there for them too. I am very grateful, and I would like to thank The National Lottery Community Fund for their decision because that means the SIA service will help more women like me in the future. Thank you so much.”
*Queen is the name chosen by the SIA survivor quoted.