A DOMESTIC abuse charity has been awarded an accreditation in acknowledgement of the quality of its services.

Foundations, based in Redcar, is the only charity in the North-East to achieve a SafeLives Leading Light accreditation for its domestic abuse services.

Launched in 2009, the Leading Light programme offers coaching, workshops and assessments, awarding charities for the standard for quality of service.

Foundations helps people in need across the North-East through housing support for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, support for an ex-offender leaving prison, an individual or family experiencing domestic abuse or a young person leaving care.

Its domestic abuse service offers advice, information, help, support and counselling through a range of schemes and programmes and can now add its Leading Light accreditation to its skillset.

Last Friday, November 8, staff at Foundations were visited by Redcar Labour candidate Anna Turley who took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebration the accreditation.

The domestic abuse service joins over 50 others in receiving the acknowledgement for their programmes to help those in need.

More information about Foundations and its accreditation can be found at foundationuk.org