The Covid-19 pandemic and its accompanying lockdowns continue to put a double squeeze on the ability of CLEAR to support children and adults who have been affected by abuse and emotional trauma.

The pandemic and resultant lockdown has led to changing demands and increased costs, while at the same time severely limiting the opportunities for fundraising and income generation.

Additional funding, announced on 18 November 2020, from the Ministry of Justice through the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Fund is helping the CLEAR to adapt to new ways of working, bridge the gap in lost income and manage the upturn in people asking for help.

Carolyn Webster, Chief Executive of CLEAR, said: “The new funding is very welcome – it will enable us to continue to support our clients in these difficult times and to adapt our delivery to meet the needs of social distancing, transferring some of our services to online or telephone support. The demand for our services continues to outstrip our resources and our fundraising is even more important in these challenging times.”

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