New funding for the I Can Change project

Derbyshire WISH, our specialist domestic abuse service, is working with The Elm Foundation and Crossroads Derbyshire on project to help prevent future cases of domestic abuse.

The I Can Change project will work with children and young people to reduce abusive tendencies. It will enable them to make positive choices, preventing them from becoming adult perpetrators of domestic abuse.

The consortium of three specialist domestic abuse support services celebrated after receiving over £400,000 in National Lottery funding to support the project. The National Lottery Community Fund distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK. The funding will allow six new employees to manage the I Can Change project. The project aims to work with over 250 children and young people over three years.

The CEO of The Elm Foundation, said: "We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund is going to be supporting our I Can Change project. Now, thanks to National Lottery players, we’ll be able to launch the project this year and start working with key individuals within the community. This work is vitally important because domestic abuse cases have risen significantly during the national lockdowns and projects like this will help prevent future cases of domestic abuse."

With a combined 98 years’ experience of providing domestic abuse support in Derbyshire, these three services are passionate about what they do. We look forward to seeing how the I Can Change project has a positive impact on their local communities.