We are delighted to be able to announce that Disability Shetland have been awarded a National Lottery award from the Big Lottery Fund. It is a 3 year grant of £138,000 which will go towards Disability Shetland’s Services for individuals and groups.
Disability Shetland will deliver a range of group activities, clubs and individual programmes for clients with disabilities and additional support needs throughout the urban, rural and island areas of Shetland. The service is for young people and adults with physical and/or learning disabilities. The aim is to assist the beneficiaries to develop a range of personal and social skills which will enable them to realise their potential and participate fully in the activities of their communities. To enable them to do this, a full time team leader will coordinate all services, deploy club leaders and support workers. The team leader will recruit and train the large number of volunteers required to support clients at clubs and activities. This project will support 130 beneficiaries over its 3 year course and will involve over 40 volunteers.
This money, along with the money we have recently received from Children in Need, will cover half the complete running costs for Disability Shetland so it is important that we continue to keep up our fundraising efforts. This is the first time for a while that we have received 3 year funding from big funders such as the National Lottery and this is due to the recognition of the ongoing hard work of the organisation to raise the profile of Disability Shetland to gain such fantastic support from our local community, so thank you!
Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “I am delighted that Disability Shetland has been successful in securing a Big Lottery Fund grant. The funding will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish Disability Shetland every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community.”