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Issue:- 28 November 2014

Local Wirral disability charity secures over £200,000 funding from the Big Lottery

070.jpg: Wirral Mencap members Paul Cooper, Katherine Hannon and Chris Watkins all participate in social and personal development activities that the charity provides.

BIRKENHEAD based Wirral Mencap is delighted to announce funding success from the Big Lottery's 'Reaching Communities' programme. The charity has secured a grant of £216,247 spread over 5 years, to deliver an Outreach Service to local families that include a child or adult with a learning disability.

The Outreach Service provides information and support to local families, helping them to identify solutions when they are experiencing challenges or issues. The service has supported people with a learning disability to lead a more fulfilling life through access to activities and clubs, and it has supported carers with things like planning for the future, accessing entitlements and navigating local services.

Lottery.png: Wirral Mencap’s team from left to right – Development Manager Chloe Harvey, Outreach Manager Gaynor Rowlands and Chair Gwen Seller.

One carer, commenting on the support she and her adult old son had received, said:- "It has turned my life around and given my son confidence that he was certainly short of. It amazes me how different things are now. I can remember him sitting in the [Wirral Mencap] office crying with his head down when we first met the team. Now he is so independent and has achieved so much. We are so grateful."

Wirral Mencap received news of the grant in mid-November, and Gwen Seller, Chair of Wirral Mencap commented:- "We were thrilled when we received the news. It means this vital service can continue to support local people for the next five years. We have seen some fantastic outcomes during the first two years and this grant will allow us to develop the service further to benefit more Wirral families."

Wirral Mencap is a small, independent charity that has been supporting local people with a learning disability and their families for over 50 years.

The charity is governed by a group of 7 voluntary trustees, who manage and oversee the strategic direction of the charity.

For more information about its service and other Wirral Mencap activities, or if you would be interested in becoming a Wirral Mencap Trustee visit:- or call:- 0151 666 1829.

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