Birmingham project Breaking the Silence are the winners of £40,000 People’s Project funding.
The Jewellery Quarter based social enterprise were shortlisted in The People’s Project competition, organised by the Big Lottery Fund, in a bid to win £40,000 for their project Building from Broken Pieces.
The People’s Project work in partnership with ITV and the National Lottery, shortlisting five projects in each region to go to a public vote, with three top project receiving up to £50,000 funding.
Breaking the Silence UK work with victims of domestic abuse, forced marriages and human trafficking to empower victims and encourage them to make positive life choices. The Building from Broken Pieces six-month programme aims to provide support for victims after they have left abusive relationships.
Raj Holness, Founder and Director of Breaking the Silence UK, Asian Business Community Champion Award 2016, West Midlands Woman of Year 2015 & West Midlands Most Inspirational Woman 2015 said
We are so pleased to have won the funding, we’re over the moon! The money will be fantastic towards our six-month programme Building from Broken Pieces to help thousands of victims who have suffered. Thank you to every one who has voted for us, you don’t understand what the money means to our project.
Our six-month programme targets those who have survived domestic abuse, dealing with the impact, rather than solely medicating the pain or addressing the outward effects of their abuse. The money will bring this programme off the ground and we are so excited!