Far from just being sports clubs that are eligible to take advantage of the Sport Relief Community Cash grants, an Ipswich-based organisation which helps support up to 350 immigrant, refugee and minority ethnicity people benefited from a £915 grant last year.
Among the help it offers are language courses, counselling and administrative tasks to those who have suffered from domestic violence, those brought to this country against their will and other backgrounds such as the black and Asian communities.
Last year’s grant has helped the organisation launch The Freedom Programme, which offers counselling, group support and awareness to those who have been subject to domestic violence and may have never been aware they were victims.
Mollin Delve, from the project, said: “The Freedom Programme helps women particularly from migrant backgrounds because they have got multiple vulnerabilities.
“They are targeted by men from their own backgrounds as well as other British men.
“They don’t know the culture, they cannot speak English and they don’t know what’s available.
“Women here have the added stress of not being able to reach out for help.”
The grant, coupled with £34,000 funding from Suffolk police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore through the Ministry of Justice, allowed the project to get off the ground, and now helps groups of 10 women over 12 weeks learn English to communicate better, understand how they have been treated, and come to terms with domestic violence, as well as helping them access services such as the NHS and police where they need to.