Funding boost for scheme to help victims

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A service helping young victims of crime is being extended thanks to a funding boost.

Someone Cares is to receive £17,500 from Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird’s Supporting Victims Fund.

The North Shields-based charity will use the money to extend the service they already offer to young people, which sees them working within North Tyneside schools supporting young victims of crime, primarily those that are victims of abuse.

The funding will allow the organisation – which offers counselling to people aged 11 and over – to see young people most in need by basing counsellors inside of schools.

Commissioner Baird said: “I know that Someone Cares aims to create a greater understanding of abuse and ensure no young victim goes unheard.

“With that in mind, I was only too happy to give this worthwhile charity help from my Supporting Victims Fund.

“Often these young people don’t know where to turn, but by having an organisation like this coming to them and offering help and support after school, so many more victims of abuse will be encouraged to come forward and will in turn get the vital help and support they need.”

“Not only that, the service they receive will allow them to break free of their abuser and gain a sense of self-worth which will have been taken away from them.

“I wish the charity every success in extending their service and changing the lives of the young people it comes into contact with.”

Donna Lowden, chairman of Someone Cares, said: “Someone Cares have been supporting abuse victims and their families for over 25 years.

“Through this work we have found there is a need for counselling support for the regions young people.

“With the funding provided by Vera Baird’s supporting victims fund, we can move forward and provide the support needed for young victims. This will enable them to emerge from their struggles equipped and empowered to work towards a bright future.”

For more information on Someone Cares visit www.someonecares.org.uk