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Sheffield charity Haven are proud to announce an award and invitation to participate in a new boys and young men initiative from Global Fund for Children supported by the National Lottery Community Fund


Sheffield charity, Haven, have recently been awarded a £24,000 grant from the Global Fund for Children to deliver support programmes for boys and young men.

The funding, which has been provided in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund, will establish a new initiative involving grass roots organisations which support boys and young men across England. Haven has been appointed as one 10 community-based partners in the scheme which aims to engage young people and help to create more equitable gender relations.

The programme will create support spaces for boys and young men, helping them to ‘develop emotional intimacy and connection, break down gender stereotypes, and embrace more equitable attitudes and behaviours’.

Haven was invited to participate in the initiative due to their long-standing work in the Sheffield area of supporting children and young people who are, or have been, affected by domestic abuse.

Sheffield City Council estimated that in 2018, over 17,000 children lived in households where domestic abuse was present. Many services are often aimed at adults, with the view that children and young people are witnesses or bystanders to the abuse, thus overlooking their needs and leading to them receiving no help or support themselves, which can have a profound impact and long-term consequences.

Prevention and early intervention can often break cycles of abuse in families and Haven provides a range of support services specifically aimed at children and young people.

Working on a 1:1 basis they help children and young people to feel safer, happier and more able to talk to their significant adult. They also work with the family as a whole and provide group programmes which build positive relationships and help the children and young people attending to develop strategies to manage their emotions.

Speaking about the grant funding for the boys and young men’s initiative, Haven Director Kerry Albiston said “Experiencing domestic abuse as a child may make boys and young men more susceptible to become perpetrators of abusive behaviours as adults, but this is not inevitable. We are extremely honoured to be chosen by the Global Fund for Children and excited to be part of a national partnership that will support our work in helping boys and young men recover from childhood trauma and challenge the unhelpful gender stereotypes they face.”



Notes for Editors

For further information and/or images, please contact Kerry Albiston, Director of Haven.

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 0114 213 0590

About Haven:

Haven was first established in 1975, delivering services for women and children who have been affected by domestic abuse. They are an independent charity and work closely with domestic abuse agencies.

Haven’s services support children and young people aged 0-25 years old in the Sheffield and surrounding area who are, or have been, affected by domestic abuse. They also offer training and support for professionals working in this field.

Specific services include:

=> 1:1 therapeutic support for children & young people
=> Bespoke packages for children, young people & the wider family
=> Group support programmes
=> Training & support for professionals & communities

Haven’s vision is to have a world free from domestic abuse where children and young people are safe, and their voices are heard.



Twitter:         @havensheffield


About Global Fund for Children & Global Fund for Children UK Trust:

Global Fund for Children partners to build a world where all children and youth enjoy equal resources and opportunities in society and live free from violence, discrimination, and exploitation. To that end, GFC invests in innovative local organizations, helping them deepen their impact and build their capacity for social change. Together, GFC and its partners advance the rights of children and youth facing poverty and injustice and equip them with the tools and skills to reach their full potential. Since 1997, Global Fund for Children has invested $44 million in more than 700 organizations, reaching more than 11 million children and youth worldwide.


About The National Lottery Community Fund:

We are the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.

We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.


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