CONTRACT WIN FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE VICTIMS IN THE SOUTH WEST

Project Type: Governance
Region: South West & Wales
Review of charitable objects ensures funding for service expansion throughout the South West for Splitz Support Service.

Splitz is an independent charity and leading provider of domestic abuse support services in the South West, responding wherever there is a need and a demand. This means that the organisation develops many of its services to reduce gaps in provision, for example KidzPace and SplitzKidz, supporting young people in Wiltshire aged 11-16 affected by domestic abuse, for whom there are very few specialist services. Other services include Newburn House, where single young mums are able to learn basic life skills, as well as Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service, and a Buddy Scheme which sees volunteers visiting people in their own homes to offer support over several months.

The rapid expansion of the organisation meant that Maurice Clay, Splitz Development Manager, was keen to look at the overall identity and corporate objectives of the charity, in order to best promote these many different services.  Following a referral from a funder, he approached The Cranfield Trust for support and was matched with volunteer consultant Alison Radevsky who has many years of experience as manager, director, volunteer, trustee and chair in a range of charities and was therefore  well placed to understand the work of the organisation.

As Alison commented:   “Splitz was a delight to work with - they were very keen to use my help in a positive and constructive way. My main roles were to facilitate corporate objectives workshop sessions with trustees and then staff, and to support the Development Manager in growing his understanding of marketing and how/where it fits into the planning structure in a charity.”

Maurice Clay was delighted with the results of this collaboration. During the course of the project, Splitz achieved PQASSO Level 2 quality mark, with the assessors commenting favourably on the work being achieved with the help of The Cranfield Trust. This was extremely well received by potential funders, as Maurice explained when he contacted The Trust with news of their most successful ever bid: 

“The results of the work completed enabled us to know our focus for future development and we have just been awarded the largest single contract in the history of the organisation, allowing us to deliver services in a fourth county and become a major provider in the region. Thanks again for the all the support. Alison was superb!”

Splitz is now able to extend its services into Devon, where it has secured the contract to deliver victim, perpetrator and young people’s domestic violence work across the whole county, replicating the work it does already elsewhere in the South West.