The staff and trustees of CAP-UK are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £79,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund. The generous grant, from the largest funder of community activity in the UK, will ensure CAP-UK keeps delivering an essential service to build safer communities for thousands of children.

Kate Shillaker, CEO of CAP-UK, said: “We are delighted that the National Lottery is supporting our work with communities to protect children from abuse. We believe that every child should receive preventative education; to be taught their rights and how to recognise unsafe situations; to have strategies to keep safe and the confidence to speak out. This funding will make a huge difference to the numbers of children we can reach. It is a very sad fact that children of all ages are facing a multitude of barriers to their wellbeing. The statistics of online abuse, bullying, sexual abuse by peers or in the home, are distressing and the vulnerability of many children has been heightened by the pandemic. Our work in schools tackles these difficult subjects head-on with the aim of reducing vulnerability of all children without raising fear. Everyone at CAP-UK is very grateful to the National Lottery for enabling us to keep delivering our service within communities at a time when it is most needed.”

CAP-UK, whose head office is in Totnes, reaches thousands of children and hundreds of adults across Devon each year. Despite all the disruption caused by the pandemic with school closures and restrictions, the team of 16 staff continued to deliver their service to children from 4 years to secondary age.  Staff got creative with online films and assemblies to deliver their positive messages of being ‘Safe, Strong and Free’.  As soon as face-to-face work could resume, they adapted workshops and used PPE to keep everyone safe. In the last year, CAP-UK delivered their programme to 13,000 children across 70 Devon schools. Thanks to the National Lottery, the charity is now looking forward to the year ahead knowing they can continue working closely with school communities in Exeter, Torbay, Teignbridge, South Hams and Plymouth. 

The vital funding will also enable CAP-UK to employ a Development Manager, a new role that will support the charity’s sustainability and growth. The attractive position offers a great opportunity for the right person to make an impact on the future direction of the organisation. More details can be found at www.safestrongfree.org.uk/news