Reward for helping others

Janet and Sally are delighted with the �500k grant award.  Picture: Walter Neilson
Janet and Sally are delighted with the �500k grant award. Picture: Walter Neilson
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The efforts of two women who have been helping others to rebuild the lives after suffering from domestic abuse, have been recognised.

Saje (Scotland) Ltd’s Freedom Programme is a 12 week course designed by Janet Henderson and Sally Sinclair, two women who have a long and established history of working in the field of gender abuse, they have been helping women and girls to make positive choices about their lives and safety, for the past three years.

And now the pair have just received a grant for half a million pounds to expand their successful course across Fife.

The five year funding package amounts to £551,914 and will allow the pair to continue the course in Glenrothes, and Kirkcaldy as well as introduce it for the first time in Dunfermline, Leven, Lochgelly, Cupar and St Andrews.

“It’s a huge boost for us and represents a cast iron endorsement of the work that everyone has been putting in,” Sally told the Gazette.

“While we had the backing of Fife Council, Women’s Aid and the Fife Sexual and Domestic Abuse Partnership, we also had to provide a lot of evidence, case studies, breakdown of results over the last year.

“The funding is a gamble for Big Lottery which some might see as taking a punt on us, but we know we can continue to deliver and the money now gives us respite from the hand-to-mouth existence funding wise that we’ve had to endure until now,“ she added.

Janet and Sally have helped around 180 women with the part time course in the last three years. Now with the help of volunteers and the involvement several former abuse sufferers who want to get involved to help others, now has plans in place to start new programmes from May.

Janet said often the most difficult decision for a woman is making that initial contact which is understandable, but once they have done so, they will be given the help to rebuild confidence and self esteem which will help other aspects of their recovery.

“The programme is designed to help women in a difficult position at home and are facing important decisions while having cope with the stress of an unequal or harmful relationship,” said Janet.

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