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PCC visits Oxfordshire abuse support charity

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Last Friday, 17 November, Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber, visited Clean Slate to find out how £5000 of funding awarded from the PCC’s Community Fund has benefitted the organisation.

Clean Slate provides support to adult victims of sexual, physical, financial, psychological, and emotional abuse. Based in Upper Heyford near Bicester, the charity aims to provide a service that empowers, builds self-esteem, and develops the talking and coping skills of individuals who have experienced abuse through counselling sessions, emotional support sessions, online educational sessions and group support work.

Clean Slate was founded in 2009 and was originally named Eve Women’s Wellbeing Project. In 2014 the name was changed to Clean Slate, where charitable objectives were also changed to include male survivors. Over the past 13 years, the organisation has supported over 2000 clients to overcome past traumatic experiences.   

The charity received £5000 in the February 2023 round of the PCC’s Community Fund to support their administrative costs.   

Following his visit, Matthew said: “It is so important that victims of all kinds of abuse have safe spaces to open up and receive the support they need to cope with the impact of their experiences.

“I am delighted to have been able to support Clean Slate with a £5000 grant from my Community Fund and wish Nadia and the team all the best for their future work, particularly their ambitions to expand the work of Clean Slate to support young people affected by abuse.”

Nadia Brown, CEO of Clean Slate, said: “We would like to thank Matthew for taking the time to visit Clean Slate and allowing us to share with him what we do and why this is important, as well as being able to highlight the growing problems that survivors of abuse face everyday. Mathew acknowledged the need to expand our work to include children due to the growing problem of abuse in younger years. We felt that he fully recognised the role we play in supporting our clients.”