By Lottie Dean
Local charity ‘Rotherham Rise’ is a top four finalist for the Johnstone’s Community Spirit Award.
The winner will receive a £10,000 prize fund.
Rotherham Rise stands for refuge, information, support and equality. Their main goal is to provide a service to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.
The recently rebranded charity, formally ‘Rotherham’s Women’s Refuge’ has moved to a building which ‘offers great potential as a Women’s Centre’ according to the Chief Executive of Rotherham Rise, Sue Wynne.
As the charity currently has no core funding to develop or run the Women’s Centre winning the prize money would go a long way in helping them to create the ‘welcoming space’ that they are desperate to achieve.
Sue Wynne said: “Winning would enable us to open the centre before the summer and start to create the services around this.”
The charities facilities currently include: Safe temporary accommodation, outreach support, one to one support, group work and many other essential services.
The Johnstone’s Community Spirit Award describes the competition as ‘an exciting opportunity for you to paint a brighter future for your charity’.
Sue Wynne already has big plans for the charities new building.
She said: “The colour scheme will be green and purple (suffragette colours), I am hopeful we will be able to solve the lighting issues, purchase seating, creates spaces including a private meeting area, computer access, a place for making drinks as well as sorting out flooring.”
The other three charities hoping for the win are; Project Ability which creates opportunities for people with disabilities, Hawksmoor Youth Club who work with young people aged 10-19 as well as people with special needs up to the age of 25 and Oasis Community Centre based in a disadvantaged community.
The competition is running up until the 29th February and will be decided on a public vote as to who the winner of the £10,000 prize is. You can cast your vote here.