New funding will be provided to improve the services which support victims of terrorism, the Home Office has announced today (Tuesday, 13 October).
£500,000 will be split equally between 4 successful bidders following the conclusion of a competitive fund which was announced by the Home Secretary in March.
Victim Support, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, Cruse Bereavement Care and the Peace Foundation will each receive £125,000 to provide advice and support to those who have been affected by terrorist attacks.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
Bidders to the fund will now draw on their expertise to provide a range of specialist advice and support to individuals who have experienced a terrorist attack, either in the UK or abroad.
Victim Support will run a 24-hour assessment service which will ensure each person receives tailored help after being impacted by terrorism.
Diana Fawcett, Chief Executive, Victim Support said:
South London and Maudsley NHS Trust will provide specialist clinical mental health screening and therapy.
David Bradley, Chief Executive, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust said:
Cruse Bereavement will provide specialist bereavement support for victims who would not otherwise be eligible through the existing homicide service, such as witnesses and first responders.
Steven Wibberley, CEO, Cruse Bereavement Care said:
The Peace Foundation’s UK-wide service will focus on providing a long-term peer support network for victims of terrorism, connecting them to others who have had similar experiences.
Nick Taylor, Chief Executive, The Peace Foundation said:
According to government sources, today’s announcement is part of the Home Secretary’s efforts to improve support for victims of terrorism and follows a commitment to carry out a comprehensive internal review of the support available.