One Colchester, the local strategic partnership for the City Council and who is chaired by Community360, has helped to identify funds, for the Centre of Action on Rape and Abuse, (CARA) through the ‘Feel Well’ Funding Programme,

CARA works with victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse, providing independent, specialist support and promoting and representing their rights and needs. CARA received a grant of £50,000 from the North East Essex Feel Well Fund to support their new Integrated Support Service.  The funding was very timely and has enabled them to develop and extend their projects, providing a range of additional services aimed specifically at victims and survivors who are in crisis or have complex needs, and for whom counselling is not currently appropriate.

Helen Parr of CARA Commented:Since we received the Feel Well Fund grant, C360 have worked closely with us to understand our new service and how we hope to see it develop in the future.  Six months into the grant, C360 approached CARA to offer their support in identifying funding streams to support the service in the long-term.   They have introduced us to another local funder, Colchester Catalyst Charity, with a view to facilitating a follow-on grant for the project and have also offered to work with Colchester Catalyst and CARA to explore long-term sources of funding.  This collaborative approach feels extremely positive and encouraging and we very much hope it will help us to secure the future of this new and very much needed service for victims and survivors.”

Rodney Appleyard, Development Manager for the Colchester Catalyst Charity, said he was delighted to work with such forward-thinking partners in the area, like Community360.

“This partnership working has benefited CARA and we very much look forward to working with them all in the future.” Commented Rodney.

For further information on funding please contact: 01206 505250 or email