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£30m for victims and survivors welcomed

stormont_estateThe Executive has welcomed the opening of new funding streams worth in excess of £30million for victims and survivors.

First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness said the Executive is committed to doing everything it can to provide the best possible services to victims and survivors.

The Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) has called for applications for two new programmes of funding.

Organisations working with or representing victims and survivors are being invited to apply for funding to the Victims Support Programme 2017-2020 worth £18.7million alongside a call for applications under the European Union’s PEACE IV programme, Shared Spaces and Services – Victims and Survivors 2017-2021 worth a further €17.6million.

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nov-22-2016-big-boxThe opening of both programmes together will ensure the strategic alignment of funding to organisations and will make the process less onerous on organisations making applications.

Welcoming the announcement the First Minister, Arlene Foster said, “The Executive remains committed to improving services for victims and survivors throughout Northern Ireland. I am confident that the opening of these two key funding streams will enhance the services already provided by the Victims and Survivors Service.

“As an Executive we will continue to do everything possible to provide the best services available to victims and survivors to improve their quality of life and ensure their needs are being fully met.”

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30th-nov-2016-small-boxThe deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness said, “Victims and survivors are some of the most vulnerable people in society and it is imperative to provide services which are sensitive yet responsive to their needs.

“Meeting the needs in a way that is outcome focused and victim centred is crucial. This funding in excess of £30million will go some way to helping us achieve this.”

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