Abuse survivors charity calls for votes as it competes for project of the year crown
An East Kilbride charity that provides support to survivors of abuse is calling for votes to be crowned National Lottery Project of the Year.
Talk Now beat fierce competition from over 1,500 organizations to reach the public voting stage at this year’s National Lottery Awards, which celebrate inspiring people and projects doing amazing things with the help of funding from the National Lottery.
There are 17 shortlisted finalists from across the UK, who will participate in a four-week public vote to be named the first national lottery project of the year. Winners will receive a cash prize of £ 3,000 for their project and an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy.
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Talk Now was started almost a decade ago by Patricia Mair, who is both a childhood sexual abuse survivor and a trained counselor. She felt that gaps in existing services for those affected by violence let people down and wanted to give survivors a place to turn for help.
Before the pandemic, the charity saw around 130 people at its base. When Covid-19 struck, Talk Now decided to reach out to all survivors of trauma, including domestic, physical and emotional abuse as well as sexual abuse, in childhood or here and now.
Since the lockdown, the association now sees more than 330 customers. A national lottery-funded program called Life Link also provides support for people who are not ready for therapy.
Patricia Mair, Founder of Talk Now, said: “It is an honor to have been a finalist for this year’s National Lottery Awards, especially after such a difficult year.
“Traumatic violence happens to anyone, from all walks of life and from all walks of life. Our main ambition is to enable survivors to live their lives to the fullest and eliminate the debilitating impact of abuse.
“I am so proud of the entire team involved in the project and of the difference it is making in people’s lives. To be recognized for our work is an honor and we really hope people will support us and give us their vote. “
Jonathan Tuchner, The National Lottery, added: “In these difficult times that we still find ourselves in, we see so many examples of inspiring work in our communities, motivated by these same projects. It is thanks to the players of the National Lottery, who raise more than 30 million pounds each week for good causes, that brilliant projects like these are possible.
“Talk Now is doing an incredible job in their local community and they more than deserve to be in the National Lottery Project of the Year 2021 final. With your support, they could be a winner.”
To vote for Talk Now, visit lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards. Or just use the Twitter hashtag #NLATalkNow. Voting takes place until 5 p.m. on October 4.