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More support for survivors of sexual abuse in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 18:23 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:44 12 February 2018

The Sue Lambert Trust has received £75,000 from the Lloyds Bank Foundation. Picture: Courtesy The Sue Lambert Trust

The Sue Lambert Trust has received £75,000 from the Lloyds Bank Foundation. Picture: Courtesy The Sue Lambert Trust

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A charity which provides counselling to people who have suffered sexual abuse has received £75,000 for a new programme.

Mette Ohrvik of the Sue Lambert Trust. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYMette Ohrvik of the Sue Lambert Trust. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The Sue Lambert Trust received the cash boost from Lloyds Bank Foundation.

The money will help fund the costs of delivering a programme of professional counselling to people who have suffered sexual abuse, training and supporting volunteer counsellors to help survivors to come to terms with their experiences and move on in a positive way.

The charity said it had seen a huge growth in demand for its services and the support of the counselling team over the past few years, and the funding will help meet this demand.

The Sue Lambert Trust provides non-judgmental support for survivors of sexual abuse in Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

They provide professional long-term and short-term counselling as well as individual and group support services for male and female survivors aged 11 and over.

Sue Lambert Trust chief executive Mette Ohrvik said: “This grant will help us recruit and support more counsellor volunteers to deliver the specialist therapy that our clients need and have been waiting so long to receive.

“Our clients rate our services highly with 98pc saying that the services we provide have made a positive difference to their lives.”

She said as with most charities, fundraising was a constant challenge for the trust and they usually started each year with a funding gap. “In 2017-18 that gap was £85,000, however we have been successful in raising this and are forecasting a small surplus at the end of the year.

“Fundraising requires constant attention so the medium term grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation really helps.”

Paul Streets OBE, chief executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales said: “With poverty and disadvantage high and rising, local charities like the Sue Lambert Trust are on the front line in their communities offering help to people who need it most.

For more information about the Sue lambert Trust and the work it does visit www.suelamberttrust.org

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