Latest News Safer Places receives emergency COVID 19 funding Safer Places receives emergency Covid-19 funding Safer Places will be purchasing additional equipment to slow the spread of coronavirus and support families in Hertfordshire refuges during the current pandemic after securing emergency funding from Hertfordshire Community Foundation. Hertfordshire Community Foundation launched the fund to help organisations respond to the unprecedented pressures that charities will face as a result of Covid-19, with the aim of supporting charities to support those most at risk during prolong periods of isolation. Janet Dalrymple, chief executive at Safer Places, said the help was crucial as the fund will allow us to continue to support those that need us safely. "Over the past weeks we have experienced a huge increase in demand for our support. Unfortunately, at the same time due to the impact of Covid-19 we are facing a devastating loss of funds. There is still a lot of uncertainty around our events, fundraising activities, projects, training and the impact on our core services; not being able to run these in the same way will have a huge impact on our income. Without the funds these streams generate we are at risk of not being able to deliver vital life-saving services to those who need it most, now more than ever." "We are grateful to Hertfordshire Community Foundation; it is wonderful to see so many supporting charities at this time of need. The money will allow us to purchase equipment for our refuges that will help us safeguard residents from the virus and technology to deliver our services in different ways." "We know that Covid-19 and periods of isolation is and will continue to have a devastating impact on those experiencing abuse which is why the work of Safer Places is so incredibly important as survivors need to know there is somewhere safe to go". Safer Places services are open as usual, the helpline is available 24/7, 7 days a week and they have, this week, launched a new Live Chat service as a result of increased need for support.