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Survivors for Peace secures funding for the next twelve months

March 10, 2015 | Nick Taylor

The Survivors for Peace project is to continue for a further twelve months following agreement with the Government to provide a further £150,000 in funding for the period April 2015 to March 2016.

The Survivors for Peace project is to move towards a new structure called Survivors Assistance Network (SAN) that will offer a self-help network of interventions and assistance to all survivors, victims and those affected by terrorism who reside in England and Wales.  The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace will enter a grant agreement with the Ministry of Justice who will commission the project.  The existing work in terms of reconciliation on our islands following ‘the Troubles’ will continue funded by the Irish Government.

The announcement was made by the Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice, Mike Penning MP (pictured with CEO Nick Taylor, Founders Colin and Wendy Parry and local MP David Mowat presenting the grant letter), who made a personal visit to the Peace Centre to discuss the project with founders Colin and Wendy Parry.  Mr Penning also met team members and some of the beneficiaries of the project.

The funding agreement is only for one year as the long-term approach is determined.  Mr Penning made the announcement in conjunction with the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, the Right Honourable Chris Grayling MP.

Mr Grayling said: “I have made this funding available from the Ministry of Justice fund for victims’ matters of national importance.

“Support for victims of terrorism is clearly a matter of national importance and it is essential that these victims and indeed all victims of crime have access to timely, effective and high quality support to help them cope and as far as possible, rebuild their lives after the trauma they have experienced.”

“This remains an important priority for me and this Government and this is why I am making funding available to the Foundation at a time of acute budgetary pressures.”

Nick Taylor, Chief Executive of the Foundation welcomed the announcement: “the rise in extremism and terrorism is a challenge to our society and the consequences of terrorism devastating to those affected.

“Our ambition is to create a ‘Survivors Assistance Network’ providing assistance to people who are victims, survivors or have been affected by terrorism.

“To do this the Foundation for Peace requires long-term sustainable investment and the Government has today provided vital investment for this crucial service.

“We are delighted that this funding announced today allows us to continue our work and positions us to identify sustainable funding to provide certainty to the many people who rely on our assistance.”

Chris Grayling thanked local Warrington South MP David Mowat for bringing this matter to his attention and the Victims Minister, Mike Penning and Colin and Wendy Parry, Founders of the charity were able to thank David for his support and his work in influencing this funding.

David Mowat said: ““I am delighted that we have secured this funding which will make a real difference and safeguard a number of jobs locally.”

Full details of the announcement can be read in the Ministry of Justice press release – click here