Springfield Opens Male Safe Accommodation Service

Springfield is opening Cumbria’s first male safe accommodation. It has been made possible through a social investment of £200,000 from the Kendal based Francis Scott Trust.

Francis Scott Trust provides repayable finance to support not for profit organisations whose charitable work benefits society. They also distribute over £1m every year to support initiatives that make a difference to lives of people up to the age of 24.

Springfield has been supporting vulnerable people in South Lakeland since 1915. Today that includes a refuge for women and children fleeing domestic abuse, as well as a community based service that provides one to one, peer support and therapeutic group work for anyone who has experienced or may be experiencing domestic abuse.

Springfield’s CEO Tori O’Callaghan-Lake said: “This social investment loan has enabled us to open a second supported accommodation service, this time for male victims/ survivors of domestic abuse. It will provide short term emergency accommodation and valuable support to men at the greatest risk of harm and homicide due to domestic abuse. This will be the first accommodation service of its kind in Cumbria and we expect demand for it to be high.”

“The Office for National Statistics show every year that one in three victims of domestic abuse are male. That’s 757,000 men to 1.561m women. Yet according to Safelives data only 4.4% men are being supporting by local domestic services. The more awareness there is of male domestic abuse, the less taboo surrounds the issue and the more men will contact us for support,” Tori added.

Commenting on the social investment agreement, Francis Scott Trust Chair of Trustees, Steve Curl said: “We are proud to partner with Springfield and to play a part in bringing this important and much needed resource. Springfield is an excellent, long standing organisation providing quality support to individuals at a critical time in their lives. The new accommodation will expand their capacity and the Trust welcomes the opportunity to utilise our social investment programme in support of this provision.”

Other contributors who have made the new accommodation possible are: The Stephenson Trust, Lupton Tower Trust, The Roselands Trust, The Screwfix Foundation, the myLakeland Community Fund, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, Kendal and District Lions Club, Howdens and a number of private donations.

Springfield expects to be welcoming the first residents to the new accommodation by June.