We are pleased to announced that First Light has won a £10,000 Movement for Good award from Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.

First Light is one of 30 charities chosen by a panel of judges to receive £10,000 as part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1million to good causes this year.

Ecclesiastical Movement for Good will fund a new project to recruit and train volunteers to provide mentoring and listening support to individuals affected by domestic abuse in Cornwall. 15 volunteers will initially receive in-depth training, as part of an on-going programme. The volunteers will provide regular telephone/video calling support to over 225 individuals every year providing 2,700 hours of listening and mentoring support. Individuals effected by domestic abuse will be able to talk through their experience with their volunteer mentor who will listen, and receive emotional and practical support to deal with the negative impact of abuse allowing them to recover, helping them to:

– Feel heard

– Lose shame or guilt

– Rebuild self-worth

– Value their own decision making

– Recognise the signs

– Understand healthy relationships

The awards are designed to help charities make a real difference in their communities. More than 1,000 charities applied for the funding and the winning projects were selected against four criteria: impact and effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and care and compassion.

The funding will support First Light’s Volunteer Mentors over the next three years.

“We are delighted to be working with Ecclesiastical Movement for Good to close the gap in support for people effected by domestic abuse in Cornwall. An independent, listening and supportive mentor will be vital in helping many people move forward following abuse, whilst providing vital skills and experience for volunteers”.

Lyn Gooding, Chief Executive, First Light South West.

Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive at Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, said: “At Ecclesiastical we believe business should be a force for good. Charitable causes need sustained support and a sense of financial stability. Through the second phase of our Movement for Good awards we are actively championing innovation, giving charities the backing they need to propel their plans forward and turn creative ideas into practical solutions that benefit society. We know that £10,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.”

“Ecclesiastical, the fourth largest corporate donor in the UK, is a unique financial services group. We are owned by a charity which means all available profits can be given to the good causes that are so important to our customers. As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, charitable giving is at the heart of our business.”

For more information visit: www.ecclesiastical.com/movementforgood