Rochdale Connections Trust awarded new funding grants

Date published: 21 January 2020

The Rochdale Connections Trust charity has been awarded two new funding grants.

The first grant has been awarded by independent charity the Community Foundation for Lancashire, via the Tampon Tax Fund, which will allow Rochdale Connections Trust (RCT) to train women who have accessed their domestic violence and abuse services to help others. They will work to support new women coming into the organisation who have also been affected by domestic abuse.

Bev Place, Business Development Manager at RCT said: “The introduction of a peer support service for women, delivered by women with a shared experience of the trauma of a violent and abusive relationship, will make a huge difference to the individuals concerned.

“New women coming into RCT for the first time will be provided with an additional layer of support from peers who know first-hand how they will be feeling. In addition, those women who we will train up to provide peer support appropriately will have their confidence and self-esteem impacted and will continue to develop skills and form friendships as they endeavour to support others.”

The second funding award is from The Greater Manchester Combined Authority in collaboration with the NHS, to raise awareness about Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a condition which affects babies as they grow in the womb and leaves them with lifelong disabilities. FASD is caused by the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy.

Rochdale Connections Trust will be offering awareness raising events around the condition, working with the ladies accessing services, and supporting those families locally who are affected by the effects of a FASD on a child.

Details of planned events will be publicised soon.


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