Charity secures Government funding for healthy relationship lessons in schools


Dean Jones

A CHARITY has received Government funding to deliver healthy relationship lessons to schools in North Wales.

Hafan Cymru’s Spectrum Project has been allocated additional funding to expand its service across Wales after AM Leslie Griffiths, Minister for Local Government and Government Business, increased the charity’s funding at the introduction of the new Domestic Abuse, Gender Based Violence and Sexual Violence Bill.

AM Griffiths said: “To support the Bill I have increased the level of funding provided to Hafan Cymru to extend the coverage of the Spectrum Programme, which delivers Healthy Relationship lessons in school across Wales.

“The extended programme will go live from autumn 2014 and will see Healthy Relationship education delivered in 100 per cent of schools over a two year period.”

The Spectrum Project began in 2005 after it secured funding from Comic Relief and the Welsh Government, and last year alone they reached 20,768 children and 1,176 adults in their work to support and educate both male and female survivors of violence and abuse.

With this additional funding, they now plan to expand Healthy Relationship lessons to both secondary and primary schools during throughout the next academic year.

Cathy Davies, chief executive of Hafan Cymru, said: “We look forward to working closely with Welsh Government officials and politicians to ensure that healthy relationships education becomes mainstreamed into all educational establishments as part of a whole school approach to tackling violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.”

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