Northampton charity to employ the UK’s first occupational therapist to help victims of domestic abuse thanks to grant

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A Northampton charity helping rebuild the lives of domestic abuse victims will receive a grant totalling almost £75,000 over three years.

The Lloyds Bank Foundation will give £74,840 to the charity Eve to go towards the salary of the UK’s first occupational therapist to help victims of abuse.

With this new support on hand, women and children affected by domestic abuse will be able to address common issues like losing their role in a family unit as mother, daughter or partner helping them find ways to redefine their identities. Through this problem-solving approach, they will be able to improve their physical, psychological and emotional well-being.

With this support, Eve (formerly known as Nene Valley Christian Family Refuge) can make a lasting impact in the lives of survivors of domestic abuse helping them re-build and transform their lives, and prepare for a safer and independent future.

Christine Morgan, CEO of Eve said: “We are delighted to receive support from Lloyds Bank Foundation to employ the first occupational therapist in a domestic abuse service in the UK.

“This will make significant impact because occupational therapy provides an alternative person-centred perspective on the multiple needs of the people we help.

“It has the potential to positively influence relationships, address negative behaviours, and increase their confidence, self-esteem and resilience to change their lives.”

Paul Streets, CEO of Lloyds Bank Foundation, said: “Fundraising for small and medium-sized charities is increasingly precarious at a time of government cuts and economic uncertainty.

“That is why Lloyds Bank Foundation is helping organisations like Eve continue the impressive work they do, making a real impact on the lives of those who need it most in their local area.

“We are proud to be investing in life-changing charities who are breaking the cycle of disadvantage as part of our role in Lloyds Banking Group’s Helping Britain Prosper plan.”