Posted on Friday 18th August

A local charity, which provides vital support to victims of rape and sexual assault, has been given a funding boost by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire.

The Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service (CSASS) received more than £11,000 in grant funding as part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Victim’s fund.

The money will help the charity provide specialist training for the dedicated volunteer counsellors supporting victims every day.

It will also support the charity with current and future campaigns as well as updating and improving systems to help provide greater support to victims in their time of need.

The funding has already enabled improvement of IT services to support confidential information, data protection and record keeping.

Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire David Keane, said: “One of my policing priorities is to support victims and protect the vulnerable. This is a local charity which does exactly that- greatly supports victims of sexual abuse in Chester and the surrounding areas and one which we are extremely proud to support.

“The help they already provide the community is excellent and the funding given to them will go even further in helping them to reach out and support those in need.”

Centre manager Alison Breadon, from Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service, said: “We are delighted that the Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner is supporting our vital work for survivors of sexual abuse and violence in the Chester area.

“The specialist training and improvements to our information systems will help us provide even higher quality support to survivors, while our campaigns will raise awareness of our services in the community, and encourage more survivors to seek out the support they need.”