New fear for future of victims’ charity

Maureen Burgess
Maureen Burgess
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A VITAL service which supports victims of domestic abuse in Wigan is again in a battle for survival amid further funding cuts.

Members of Drop in and Share (DIAS) charity, based in Rodney House, King Street, fear for its future if it is unable to secure more money for the next six months.

The charity provides emotional and practical help for victims of domestic violence and is dependant on funding from other sources,

It received £10,000 from Wigan Council last month, but the authority is unable to confirm whether it can pump any more cash into the centre.

Maureen Burgess, director of services, said: “We are still very concerned about the future and funding, as we need that to keep us going. We don’t know what’s going to happen.

“We are okay until the end of the financial year, in March/April, but after that the future is uncertain. Seeing as there is an increase in the number of people needing support, especially with the current economic crisis and the extra pressure on families with cuts on welfare benefits and job losses, it will have a severe impact on our service users.

“So it is essential we remain open as we provide so much help. We know from history, people can go to up to 15 different agencies before they receive the support they need, whereas we are a one-stop shop.”

In a year, it sees between 600 and 800 individuals and around 30 to 50 people a week.

If anyone can help, ring Maureen on 01942 495230.