A WIRRAL organisation helping female victims of crime is among 19 charities receiving a funding boost from Merseyside's police commissioner.

Women Enterprising Breakthrough will use the £15,000 from the Putting Victims First Fund to enhance its counselling and therapy sessions helping victims to recover.

Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy awards more than £270,000 to improve care for vulnerable victims.

WEB's centre manager Bernadette King said “We absolutely delighted to have been successful with our bid to the Victims Services and Restorative Justice Fund.

"We are a 'user-led' service charity and social enterprise who has been serving vulnerable adults and children for over 23 years.

"This year we will be celebrating our 20th birthday as a registered charity and what great news to help us celebrate."

Ms Kennedy said: "Victims are at the heart of my police and crime plan and I am delighted that through these awards I can support a whole range of initiatives that are working to protect and care for those affected by crime in our region.

"This funding has been given to grassroots Merseyside organisations which are working with some of the most vulnerable people in our communities – child victims of sexual exploitation, survivors of domestic violence, sexual offences and hate crime – to help them cope, recover and rebuild their lives.

"These victims deserve the very best treatment and care and I am committing to ensure they receive it here."

Among other successful organisations to receive funding is the Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre Merseyside, which has received £22,594 to continue their work in Liverpool, while more than £9,500 has been awarded to Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre  to develop ways to help children cope and recover from the experience of sexual violence.