We are delighted to announce that Empowerment’s young people’s domestic abuse project; The Denhas received £10,000 funding from the Building Connections Youth Strand (Community Spaces) to help to make the Empowerment Base more accessible for young people.

We will work with young people to come up with detailed improvements that will include transforming a significant space within the building into a young people’s friendly area which will be known as, ‘The Den’ to help build connections and tackle loneliness.

Funding is being delivered by the Co-op Foundation as part of the Building Connections Fund Youth strand, a partnership with government.

Empowerment is one of 145 projects that has received funding today.

Mike Crowther, CEO of Empowerment, said:

‘In 2019, our fantastic project, The Denis celebrating ten years of supporting young people whose lives have been torn upside down by experiencing domestic abuse. Our young people have told us that they want a space in the Empowerment Base which they can call their own and will be called, ‘The Den’. We will work alongside the young people to enable them to lead on a project to transform and equip the room to make it a safe space where they can socialise with other young people, make new friends, support each other and are empowered to reach their potential.

Kerrie Fawcett, Domestic Abuse Manager for Empowerment

‘Young people who experience domestic abuse are forever affected by very often traumatic events, but they don’t have to be forever damaged. The Den provides excellent support to such young people to help keep them safe and to develop their resilience. Having their own space in the Empowerment Base is something our young people have always wanted. It’s a dream come true to know that very soon they will have their very own safe space where they can make new friends and reduce their loneliness and social isolation.

Jim Cooke, Head of the Co-op Foundation, said:

‘Spaces where young people can come together to enjoy shared interests are important for building connections and tackling youth loneliness. By involving young people in improving local spaces, we’re helping to increase their confidence and skills, while also building stronger, co-operative communities. We look forward to seeing the impact this funding has tackling youth loneliness across England.”

The Building Connections Fund is a partnership between government, Co-op Foundation the Big Lottery Fund to tackle loneliness and improve community connections. Co-op Foundation is delivering grants for all projects supported through the youth-specific strand.

This builds on funding awarded to more than 120 projects in December that included befriending services, community arts groups and support schemes.

For more information on The Den, visit http://www.empowermentcharity.org.uk/the-den/

For more information on the Co-op Foundation, visit www.coopfoundation.org.uk

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