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Shantona 18Aug14
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A women’s project in Leeds has been given nearly £500,000 to tackle domestic violence among ethnic minorities.

The Shantona Women’s Centre, in Harehills, has received a grant of £493,515 from the Big Lottery Fund to develop a pilot scheme aimed at women and girls among black and minority ethnic (BME) groups in the city.

It is designed to support victims and educate encourage others not to stand for abuse.

Director Nahid Rasool said: “It’s very exciting. We have been working for about 27 years and this project is a result of all that work. We want to give women and girls the techniques and tools that will empower them.”

As well as working with victims and educating those who might be at risk, the project will liaise with religious institutions to raise awareness of the problem.

The centre is one of 10 projects in the region to share more than £3.4million from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme.

The Old Quarry Adventure Playground in Knottingley received nearly £400,000.

The Community Awareness Programme, a charity which helps homeless and disadvantaged people in Wakefield, got £460,000 to continue its work for another four years.

Its manager Kevin Dobson said: “This is absolutely phenomenal news for us and represents and affirmation of what we are doing.”

Tim Davies-Pugh, Big Lottery Fund deputy director, said: “Today over £3.4 million will benefit older people who are at risk of isolation, homeless mothers and children living in poverty, disadvantaged communities, vulnerable families, NEET young people, the hidden homeless and women facing abuse.”

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