Sarah had applied to Foundation Derbyshire for funding to cover costs of books and travel for those attending the support group Everybody Hurts. In a rural area there can be long distances to travel and it can be really difficult to get to events, especially when there might be trouble brewing at home, so every incentive to make it possible is important. The top 12 groups to win funding (as chosen by the Foundation) were then entered into a further round of competition, from which the top 6 received an additional £150 as announced at an event celebrating the good practice of all concerned. Sarah plans to put the unexpected windfall towards advertising costs.
The peer support group continues to meet monthly, with occasional extra sessions. There is no charge to members. Sarah is involved in local discussions to develop additional resources for those experiencing child to parent violence and abuse, but in the meantime Everybody Hurts provides an important and much needed haven where parents know that they will be listened to and believed.