At the end of April 2014, Calan DVS was successfully awarded £2 million from the Big Lottery Fund. This money was to set up a brand new initiative to provide effective intervention measures for children and young people exposed to domestic violence and abuse.
This new ‘BRAVE’ project will work with children and young people who are exposed to domestic violence and abuse in their homes, with young people who find themselves in an abusive relationship, and young people who are demonstrating abusive and controlling behaviours. The wellbeing and safety of these young people is paramount. The project will also aim to break the intergenerational cycle of domestic abuse, and will progress through a committed multi-agency and partnership approach within the community.
Since the award of the funding and the initial launch of the project, it has gone from strength to strength; employing a team of development staff, as well as a project leader, Helen Williams.
Helen comes from a background of working with other charities in Wales, bringing her expertise in management and coordination to the BRAVE project, and ensuring it maximises its potential to reach as many young people as possible across Neath Port Talbot and Powys.
Over the next few weeks, Helen will be busy putting her team together, as well as creating workshops to design a new BRAVE logo and the new website.