Janet Ryder Supports North Wales Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre

An assembly member has called on the police and local authorities to put up more cash to save a rape crisis centre. The centre in Caernarfon, Gwynedd, could close within weeks because of a £70,000 funding shortfall. Now Plaid Cymru AM for North Wales Janet Ryder has urged local councils, health authorities and the police to help make up the money. The centre assists around 500 people a year with support services but managers said it was hard to find grant funding.

Janet Ryder has backed the service which is unique in North Wales and called on the authorities to step in. “This is a service that does so much for the most vulnerable of people and it must not be allowed to stop”.

But the centre could close by the end of the summer unless help is found, said Katherine Moseley, director of the centre. “There is a meeting of trustees on Monday and we have been told we have about two months to go. It’s a vital service because it is seen as independent and people feel a lot more relaxed,” she said. It is very difficult to find grant funding. There is nowhere to apply to.”

She said they were getting more and more referrals from local authorities and the police, but did not have the funds to cope. The centre provides specialist support services such as counselling, advocacy and a helpline.


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