Lowestoft women’s help centre faces funding crisis

A charity which provides health advice and counselling to women in Waveney is facing a funding crisis.

Waveney Women's Health Information Centre(WWHIC) based in Lowesoft says it only has enough funds to keep running some vital services until July.

In March the centre's Big Lottery funding ceased - leaving the charity with only enough in its coffers to pay rent and two part time staff for the next two months.

WWHIC now needs find �70,000 to keep going for another 12 months at its current level.

It has launched an appeal for the people of Waveney to support it by sending in donations or by organising fund-raising events.

But in order to ensure its continued success WWHIC, which has a small army of volunteers, is applying for further lottery funding and nay major grants.

The charity was formed 22 years ago and provides a wide range of free services including, counselling, physical and mental health advice, phobia clinics, hand massages in care homes and sexual health advice in schools.

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The charity also provides free drop-in advice sessions at its Bevan Street East premises and at the Quaker Meeting House in Beccles.

In the last year WWHIC has helped and been seen by 770 young women and 1606 women- some of who are referred from the police and GPS.

And in the last several months the charity has also seen enquiries from men seeking health advice - requests WWHIC say they are happy to deal with.

Drena Black, chairman of WWHIC trustees said: 'We are a busy centre in crisis. Like so many charities throughout England we are chasing a decreasing pot of available money.

'We are certainly not saying that our cause is more important than many others. But to us and the people we continue to help, we are.

'We need about �70,000 to continue running our centre and services at the current level for another year. Small donations are as important as large ones.

'We are desperately seeking funding to continue our services. Our future is reliant upon us securing a further lottery bid or major funding from other sources.

'If this fails, this amenity for the whole of Waveney will be lost forever.'

For information on Waveney Women's Health Information Centre or to make a donation call 01502 561816 or email wwhic@btconnect.com

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