MORE awareness and funding are needed for the Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre, according to Glyn Davies MP.
Following a visit to the centre, the MP for Montgomeryshire has urged local businesses to offer their support to ensure local people can continue to benefit from its services.
The centre, based in Newtown, supports men, women and children from across the region who are experiencing or have been affected by domestic abuse. It depends on funding from Powys County Council and voluntary support.
Mr Davies said: “Unfortunately, the changing pressures and values of modern life are creating an increasing need for bodies whose objectives are to help deal with the consequences of family breakdown.
“We are fortunate to have, based in Newtown, the Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre, which I visited earlier this week.
“It does fantastic work helping men and women at a low point in their lives.
“The only way in which a charitable body working in such a complex and sensitive policy area can function is with external financial support.
“It’s crucial that ‘safe’ properties are available for individuals who have nowhere else to turn in crisis, and that professional staff are trained to manage the trauma associated with family breakdown.
“It costs money to deliver an effective service. We know that the main long-term supporter of the Family Crisis Centre, Powys County Council, is under financial pressure.
“I hope that some private sector sponsors will help fund the Family Crisis Centre. It’s not glamorous sponsorship, but its hugely important work that I hope some local business will consider helping.”