Changing Lives are delighted to have received half-a-million pounds in the latest round of National Lottery funding.

In Wolverhampton, Changing Lives supports women who are involved in sex work for survival, or who are the victims of sexual abuse and exploitation, to lead healthier and safer lives.

Changing Lives has recently been awarded £498,228 from The Big Lottery Fund to continue to deliver this life-changing support in Wolverhampton and Walsall for the next three years.

In total, over £40 million raised by National Lottery players was distributed by The Big Lottery Fund to 1,400 community groups across the country.

Changing Lives offers a tailored support package to women involved in sex work or at risk of sexual exploitation in the area, helping them improve their health and wellbeing, personal safety, and confidence in reporting crimes that occur while they are working.

Our team in Wolverhampton and Walsall offers flexible one-to-one support for women, as well as drop-in sessions and evening outreach in the local community, helping women reduce their risk of harm and address the needs that may have led them to enter sex work. We also support women to exit sex work safely if they choose to do so.

Nicola Salt, Changing Lives Service Manager in the Midlands, said:

“We are delighted to be awarded this funding from The Big Lottery Fund. It will really facilitate growth of the support we can offer to vulnerable women in Wolverhampton, and help us develop pathways, partnership working and outreach services in Walsall to offer services to women living and working there too.

“We are especially excited about the partnership funding with All Saints Church and Recovery Near You, and that we will finally be in a position to purchase a vehicle to support all that we do in the community.”

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Last year, The Big Lottery Fund awarded more than £700million and supported more than 13,000 community projects.

An event is planned for November 2017 to officially launch the new Changing Lives service in Wolverhampton and Walsall.

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