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New funding available for groups working with vulnerable adults

Leading Lives grant application board with some of its members

Leading Lives grant application board with some of its members

A new fund has been launched that will give grants to groups working with vulnerable adults.

Leading Lives has launched the new Community Benefit Fund to support people with learning disabilities including young people in transition and older people.

Leading Lives is making grants of up to £1,000 available to fund or part fund projects that support people with learning disabilities and their family carers across Suffolk.

In Haverhill, Leading Lives provides a Community Hub that meets every day at the Community Resource Unit in Reeds Lane and also offers community support services.

The new Community Benefit Fund, which this year, has £15,000 to donate has been set up by the social enterprise in line with its policy of re-investing a proportion of its annual surplus back into the local community. Grants can be given to fund projects or purchase equipment.

Any community group, voluntary organisation, social enterprise or charity can apply for the fund before March 31.

Tony Carr, Leading Lives managing director said: “We are delighted that we have been able to set up our new Community Benefit Fund.

It was always our ambition to be able to offer some very real help to other organisations in the community who support people with learning disabilities.

As a community based business, we think it is important to help those local groups and organisations that share our aim to support vulnerable people to live the life they choose.”

Leading lives provides a wide range of support for over 1000 adults with learning disabilities across Suffolk, including people with multiple, physical, complex needs and autism, in the home and in the community including a network of community Hubs across Suffolk and specialist short break respite services to enable family carers to have time off from their caring responsibilities. The organisation also operates two older people’s wellbeing services in Felixstowe and Stowmarket.

Details of how to apply can be found at www.leadinglives.org.uk and should be received by March 31.

Leading Lives provides a wide range of support for 1,200 adults with learning disabilities and their family carers across Suffolk.

The organisation is a worker owned co-operative and is the largest worker co-operative in the UK based on the number of employees.

 

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