LOTTERY funding has been secured to help people suffering domestic abuse.

Break the Cycle Community Interest Company (BCCIC) has been granted nearly £10,000 by the National Lottery Community Fund.

The money, £9,600, will help it carry on delivering its free Mind the Gap courses.

The injection of cash will help run eight courses, divided between men and women, in 2020.

BCCIC has been running since 2016, and was founded by Maggie Currie, after she realised there was a gap in the support needed by people who had suffered domestic abuse.

The company now runs regular 12-week courses, where participants learn how to rebuild their confidence and move forward on their own terms.

The sessions help build support networks, learn new skills and increase self belief.

Maggie said: "We are delighted the fund has recognised our work in this way.

"Now, thanks to National Lottery players, we can continue to help those people most in need of support following domestic abuse."

Ian Mac, director of BCCIC, said: "These free-to-attend courses have produced amazing results."

He said some people had said the course stopped them taking their own life, while others had gone on to start their own businesses or gone back into education.

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