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Victim-Centered Approach Fund

Congratulations to the organisations who were successful with their applications to The Scottish Government Victim-Centred Approach Fund (VCAF).   Once again, however, The Scottish Government has decided to reject our application for funding. Despite helping close to 15,000 women and girls who’ve been victims of domestic abuse, we have still not been awarded statutory funding.   For 10 years, Saje has offered a different and distinctive way of supporting female victims of domestic abuse, by helping them understand the violence, trauma, and abuse they’ve been subjected to. We strive to empower women and girls to live safer, fulfilled lives.   Our focus and commitment have always been concentrated on ensuring women and girls affected by domestic abuse are fully supported on their journey to recovery.   Driven by an inclusive referral process, we aimed to change the culture surrounding domestic abuse. Our service is, and always has been, free to any women or referring organisation.   Sadly, as a result of this latest funding decision, we are now facing the closure of Saje Scotland in July this year.     We thank all of the third sector organisations, charities and trusts, donors, and supporters who’ve rallied around us. Your support is truly appreciated.   Saje...

Request for Support (Service Providers)

As you may know Saje Scotland is at risk of closure due to lack of funding. We are writing to you to ask for your help. We are going to run out of funding by 1st of May 2022.  Over the last 7 years, we’ve directly supported over 14,000 women and girls. We get no government funding. We’ve had very little funding from Fife council, and nothing directly from the NHS. We’ve had to rely on funding from charitable trusts and foundations, and donations from individuals. We are constantly applying to every fund we are eligible for and explore all avenues of funding. We currently have a Crowdfunder open and even commissioned our own book, which we sell on several different platforms. We need statutory (government/core) funding to continue to provide our vital service to women across Scotland.  If you have referred to our services for women you work with, we are asking if you would send a letter of support to your MP, MSP, local councillors and/or your managers to describe any positive impacts for women you referred, and emphasise any financial and/or resource savings made for your service.   You can use the website They Work for You to find the contact details of your local MP and MSPs. If you live in Fife you can find your local councillors here. If you live elsewhere you can search on your local authority website.  We’ve enclosed a sample letter to base yours on. However, if you’d like to write something in your own words, that’d be appreciated.  Please feel free to highlight our plight on your social media platforms. We thank you in advance for your support.   Kind regards,  Saje Scotland     Sample Letter:   Dear…  Saje...

Request for Support (Service Users)

As you may know Saje Scotland is at risk of closure due to lack of funding. We are writing to you to ask for your help.  Over the last 7 years, we’ve directly supported over 14,000 women and girls. We get no government funding. We’ve had very little funding from Fife council, and nothing directly from the NHS. We’ve had to rely on funding from charitable trusts and foundations, and donations from individuals. We are constantly applying to every fund we are eligible for and explore all avenues of funding. We currently have a Crowdfunder open and even commissioned our own book, which we sell on several different platforms. We need statutory (government/core) funding to continue to provide our vital service to women across Scotland.   If you’ve been been supported by our service, we are asking if you would send a letter of support to your local councillor, MP and/or MSP letting them know the positive impact we may have had on your life. It would also be helpful if you also sent a letter of support to any managers of other services you’ve been helped by.  You can use the website They Work for You to find the contact details of your local MP and MSP. If you live in Fife you can find your local councillors here. If you live elsewhere you can search on your local authority website.  We’ve provided a sample letter to base yours on below. However, if you’d like to write something in your own words, that’d be appreciated. Please feel free to highlight our plight on your social media platforms.   We thank you in advance...

Delivering Equally Safe Fund

The Delivering Equally Safe (DES) Fund is strategy designed to help prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls, developed by the Scottish Government. Around £30,000,000 has been distributed to approximately 58 organisations across Scotland. Unfortunately, the Scottish Government decided to reject our application to the Equally Safe Fund. We’ve directly supported 11,645 women & girls since 2014, and haven’t received any funding from the Scottish Government or statutory bodies. Our DES application was for core funding which would have sustained us for over 2 years. We felt confident in our application and that it was strong. So much hard work went into putting forth Saje’s case for funding.    We are so grateful for the funding and support of all the wonderful trusts and foundations that believe in Saje’s part in eradicating violence against women and girls. Their support has been absolutely crucial.    Currently, we have enough funding from trusts until March 2022. We have devised a new funding plan, and have identified as many trusts as possible who have funding criteria we align with. Our wee team will continue to work tirelessly to secure funding so women and girls who’ve been subjected to domestic abuse, can continue to access our programmes and other support.   Over the last 7 years, so many women who’ve come through Saje have said our services and support have empowered them to change their lives. Saje has been crucial for 1000s of women in Scotland.   We’d greatly appreciate anyone out there who can help us keep Saje alive, so we can continue to support women and girls across Scotland.  ...

Own My Life

Saje is proud to partner with Own My Life and St Andrews University to deliver the Own My Life course to St Andrews University students. We’re so thankful to receive a £1,000 grant from St Andrews University to allow us to facilitate the course.  The Own My Life course is an innovative, creative and educational 12-week course for women.  It can be delivered online or in-person and supports women to regain ownership of their lives when they have subjected to abuse or violence by partner.  This is done through training practitioners to run the course with women and using short videos, structured discussions, group and individual activities, and a comprehensive learning journal.  The course uses multimedia content to explain complex concepts about trauma and abuse in easy to understand video clips, along with videos which evidence how popular culture reinforces or perpetuates: Sexism. Rape culture. Violence. Misogyny. Disrespect in relationships. Abusive behaviour. The Own My Story Journal provides women with space for reflective practice, and includes all the information provided throughout the course.  This becomes an ongoing resource for women after the course has finished.  The course explores how women can regain ownership of our lives including owning our mind, body, choices, relationships, world, feelings.  The course includes the follow-on “Own My Group” course which supports women if they would like to begin self-organising in continued support and learning together. We’re very excited to get...