Fight to beat abuse clinches top award

The team from Blackpool domestic abuse charity Empowerment pick up their Family Support Award at the Children and Young People Now Awards.
The team from Blackpool domestic abuse charity Empowerment pick up their Family Support Award at the Children and Young People Now Awards.
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A domestic abuse charity has picked up a prestigious national award for its work to support families on the Fylde coast.

Bispham-based Empowerment saw off competition from major national charities in this year’s Children and Young People Now Awards.

Chief executive Ellen Miller said she was delighted that Empowerment’s project to help young people affected by domestic abuse, The Den, won the Family Support Award.

She said: “It was judged by top experts plus a panel of young people, and it’s a recognition of the impact our services have on changing young lives.

“Domestic abuse is a disgrace to our society, but the good news is that you can survive, and you can get your life back on track.

“We’ve been privileged to work with young people to help them do this, with support from Blackpool Council and Comic Relief, and now it’s been confirmed that Blackpool are leading the way – we’re chuffed to bits.”

The charity beat the NSPCC, Hertfordshire County Council and the eventual Charity of the Year winner Storybook Dads to win at the awards ceremony on 
Thursday. The Den helps support youngsters by offering a six-week programme aimed at making them safe, improving understanding of domestic abuse and helping them to express their feelings.

The project, which currently operates in Blackpool, recently secured £353,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to expand its services to 
Wyre and Fylde in the New Year.