Gentoo secure over £470,000 grant from the Big Lottery

Tuesday 19th of July 2016

Currently Gentoo’s Safety, Support and Crisis team work directly with their most vulnerable customers including victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse, anti-social behaviour and those living with mental health, drug and alcohol issues.

Individuals who are identified by the service are allocated a key worker and provided with intensive support and access to specialist partner agencies.

Sunderland has almost twice the national rate of depression in adults and is among the worst areas of the country for hospital admissions relating to alcohol misuse and self-harm.  Each year in Sunderland around 6,000 cases of domestic violence are reported but it is estimated that between 11,600 and 15,600 people experience it each year.

With Gentoo’s current resource and the Big Lottery funding in addition, it will allow 655 vulnerable people to benefit from the service over the next 3 years including providing the service to non-Gentoo customers in the city.  It will also significantly reduce the waiting times for those wishing to access the services.

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