Updated: Friday, 17th January 2020 @ 10:25am

Trafford's rape crisis group celebrate their share of £600,000 grant

Trafford's rape crisis group celebrate their share of £600,000 grant

By Kathryn Cummings

Women across Manchester  united for feminist organisation Trafford Rape Crisis' official launch on Friday at St Matthew’s Church Hall in Stretford.

TRC began as a pilot project last July but has recently been lucky enough to receive funding from the Ministry of Justice. Only four centres of its kind will share £600,000 to expand their services.

Speaking of the funding, Justice Minister Crispin Blunt said: “By providing long-term funding to develop a new rape support centre in Trafford the government is demonstrating its commitment to ensure that every victim receives the specialist support they need to rebuild their lives.”

More than 80 people attended on the day. There was a chance to speak to various agencies about services for women in Trafford and speeches from local councillor Jonathan Coupe, Debbie Nash from the Council's Safer Communities Team and Chris Bennett, the National Coordinator of Rape Crisis England and Wales.

Dr Kate Cook from TRC is delighted with the funding. She said: “The impact of rape or sexual abuse is extremely difficult to deal with and is something that women respond to in different ways.

“Some find it almost impossible to speak of, while others need to talk about it a great deal, not just immediately, but for months and years following.

“This funding will help us to become more stable so that we can concentrate on helping more women who need our help.”

JUMPING FOR JOY: The celebratory cake shortly before it was devoured at the launch

Matt Colledge, leader of Trafford Council, said that he welcomed the funding that will support most of the vulnerable women in the community.

He said: “TRC is a valuable asset for our residents and we are very lucky to have it in our borough.

“We will continue to work in partnership with TRC to ensure the women who need to be signposted to this service are aware of the help they can receive from the centre.”

The funding will allow TRC to, amongst other things; launch a new service for black and asian women with a dedicated telephone helpline, email and a text support service.

For further information about TRC visit www.traffordrapecrisis.com