Bishop William Wright established the Bishop’s Healing Fund, which is an annual allocation of funds (up to $25,000) to assist in promoting the healing of those affected by child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The fund is managed by the Standing Committee for Healing and Support which is a part of the Diocesan Protection and Safety Council:
‘Those affected by child abuse’ (also stated as ‘affected persons’) is a collective term to describe those affected by child sexual abuse including individuals who were victims of abuse or the close relative or supporter/friend of individuals who were victims of abuse. A close relative includes but is not restricted to the parent, partner, biological, step or de facto child or sibling.
Affected persons need to submit a written application for funding. The application form is available for download from this web page.
Approval for funding from the Bishop’s Healing Fund is based on the application being deemed to be of value to those affected by child sexual abuse.