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Argyll and Bute charity in line for Sport Relief award

Argyll and Bute Rape Crisis is to receive �30,000 from Sport Relief following an online vote run by the Netmums website.

Argyll and Bute Rape Crisis is to receive �30,000 from Sport Relief following an online vote run by the Netmums website.

 

Argyll and Bute Rape Crisis is in the running for a share of a £200,000 fund set up by the Sport Relief charity - and your votes will influence the amount the organisation receives.

The charity is one of five across the UK - and the only one in Scotland - competing for a share of the cash in an online vote among visitors to the Netmums website.

The ‘Sport Relief Grants chosen by Netmums’ initiative shares £200,000 between five charities that are working to help some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in different parts of the UK.

Each of the five charities - MACS Supporting Young People, Flintshire Food Bank, Argyll and Bute Rape Crisis, Pregnancy Crisis Care and SkyWay - will get a proportion of the fund, but the amount they receive will be determined by the number of votes secured between now and Tuesday, March 18.

To find out more about all five charities and to cast your vote just click here.

Argyll and Bute Rape Crisis is the only specialist sexual abuse support service in the Argyll and Bute area, and provides support and advocacy services to any man, woman or young person who has experienced any form of sexual violence, as well as supporting parents/carers and family members.

The charity’s work includes the TESSA programme of youth prevention workshops - TESSA standing for ‘to explore sexual exploitation and sexual abuse’ - delivered to secondary schools and youth groups across the Argyll and Bute area.

Alison Black, manager from Argyll and Bute Rape Crisis, said: “It is an honour to have been shortlisted for the ‘Sport Relief Grants chosen by Netmums’ initiative. 

“Over the past two years Comic Relief funding has already helped us to deliver TESSA youth prevention workshops to all ten secondary schools across Argyll and Bute, four schools being included for the first time.

“There have been a number of disclosures in every school we have visited and had it not been for Comic Relief funding, some of these young people would still be being abused as they may not have had the courage to tell anyone or known who to tell what was happening to them.

“Now we really need the Netmums community to get online and vote for us so we can help even more young people stay safe online and in their personal lives as well as offering early intervention of specialist support to young people who have experienced any form of sexual abuse.”

 

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