106 charities around the country will today receive a share of £3.6 million from the Department of Health, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and Care Services Minister Paul Burstow announced.
The money is part of a Financial Assistance Fund set up to support charities, which would not otherwise have survived to the end of the financial year. This will enable these organisations to continue their valuable work and supporting thousands of people with a whole range of needs. To qualify for funding, organisations must have robust plans in place for future funding and:
- Contribute to the delivery of DH objectives which no other organisation could provide in the short to medium term;
- Deliver health and/or social care activity and/or support which no other organisation could provide in the short term; and that there will be a considerable knock-on effect on other front line services if the organisation ceased to exist.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:
“This money will help many organisations keep providing valuable support and services for thousands of people. It is part of the Coalition’s commitment to support the voluntary and community sector and recognition of the valuable role they play.
“Charities play an important role in our vision for the Big Society and it is right that in these difficult economic circumstances we should give short-term support to organisations which are helping to support health and care services. This support will ensure that strong, independent voluntary organisations survive and are able to prepare for future opportunities that will be opened up by public service reform.”
Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said:
"Central Government can’t do everything people want in their communities – local people are better placed than officials or Ministers in Whitehall to know what their communities need. This is about a new relationship between the state and citizens, where citizens hold more power than ever before.
"By providing this money to the organisations that are already working closely with their local community on a daily basis we're helping to provide services that are shaped around individual needs. We would like to thank all these charities for the important work they do in supporting people with a wide range of health and social care needs."
Sue Adams, Chief Officer of North Tyneside Disability Forum said:
"We are delighted to have received funding for Disability Forum. It means we can continue to provide supported activities to disabled and vulnerable people, enabling them to stay independent and active and access quality of life needs: aids and adaptations, benefits and entitlements, appropriate housing and care support, to ensure their social, emotional, physical and financial wellbeing. Over 250 people per week rely on our services and without this money we would not have been able to continue to support them all.”
This money will help organisations, which need money immediately to continue their valuable work this financial year. This complements the £100 million transition fund recently announced by the Prime Minister to help organisations from April onwards.
Charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises can have a powerful role in mobilising community action and helping people to drive change, to take over local facilities that are not being used properly and make sure that local issues are not ignored. The funding we will deliver will allow them to seize these opportunities.
Further quotes from funding recipients:
Jackie Bland, Chief Executive of the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
"We cannot overstate the importance of this grant to the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. We are delighted that the DH has recognised the importance of our unique services to children and adults with these complex lifelong conditions. This grant will enable us to continue providing much of our vital support as we work to adjust to the changing economic environment for charities like ours."
Chris Easton, CEO of Calderdale Parent and Carer’s Council,
“Receiving this funding has provided the organisation with vital security during this period of immense change in children’s health and social care. It is clear that opportunities will exist for the VCF sector in the future but with so much reorganisation in health and in local government, combined with the need to make savings it is a difficult time for all concerned. As an organisation we provide services for over 500 families of disabled children across Calderdale and in honesty, without this funding and the flexibility that comes with it, it is unlikely that we would have had the resilience to change the way we operate to meet current demands. If the notion of Big Society is to become any more than vision, it is critical the user led organisations such as ourselves exist to put policy direction into action as grass roots delivery.”
Marc McOwens, General Manager of Southend Mencap,
“We are thrilled to have received this funding for Southend Mencap and at the same time rather relieved. The society has been supporting the needs and interests of children and adults with learning disabilities since 1955 but in the current economic climate securing funding to maintain our existing service provision has been even more vital to ensure our beneficiaries have the best possible chances in their lives. Thankfully this funding will ensure the continuation of our advocacy and family support services, both of which are lifelines to our learning disabled friends and their families.”
A spokesperson for the Woman's Trust
“We're delighted to have received funding for Woman's Trust, a charity that helps women affected by domestic violence rebuild their lives. Our clients' feedback speaks for itself: 'Without Woman's Trust I don't think I would be the person I am today'; 'Woman's Trust is there at that moment when we need help to take control of our lives again and begin to regain our self-esteem and confidence lost after years of abuse'. The Financial Assistance Fund will enable us to continue to provide counselling to hundreds of women each year who otherwise would not have been able to benefit.”
Judith Rice of Noah’s Ark Trust
"We're delighted to have received this funding for Noah’s Ark Trust. Every year we support hundreds of children and young people and their families who have experienced bereavement of a significant person in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Support for children between the ages of 5 and 18 years can include: one-to-one sessions, activity group work and residential weekends. We know that when bereavement is adequately acknowledged and supported young people are better equipped to make a positive contribution to their community and without this money we wouldn't have been able to help so many local children and their families to face the challenges that life brings.”
Chris Lau, Director of The Carers’ Centre for Brighton and Hove
“We are pleased to have received funding from the DH Financial Assistance Fund programme 2010 -11. We play a key role in providing carers the right support and information to maintain their wellbeing, and in return, they are able to look after their relatives, friends or neighbours who are disabled, frail or suffering from long-term illnesses. The Fund is a boost for us to continue our work with the carers in Brighton and Hove.”
Annie Ferguson of Speakup Self Advocacy
“Speakup is more than delighted to have received funding for our charity. Whilst the future remains uncertain, at least for now we will be able to continue our excellent work enabling people with a learning disability, who often live their lives on the margins of society, have a voice and speak up for themselves. It is imperative that funding, such as this, continues to be available to support the most vulnerable of people.”
Kathryn Stone OBE, Chief Executive VOICE UK
“We are absolutely delighted to receive this funding as it will enable VOICE UK to continue our much needed Helpline service for vulnerable victims and witnesses. In January and February, we answered over 220 calls - double the number we received during the same months last year. Each call is extremely distressing for the victim concerned and frequently on-going advice and guidance is required. We are the only national organisation providing this type of ongoing long term support to people with learning disabilities and disabilities.”
Niamh Eastwoord, Release
“Release is delighted to receive funding from the Department of Health's Financial Assistance Fund. This funding will ensure that Release can continue to deliver high quality legal and expert advice services to people who use drugs.
“As some of the most marginalized and stigmatized individuals in society, it is essential that this work continues.”
Philipa Bragman – Director of CHANGE
“Everyone at CHANGE is so pleased to have received this funding. CHANGE is a leading national human rights organisation led by Disabled people. We employ People with Learning Disabilities on equal salaries to run projects alongside people who do not have learning disabilities. Many people with learning disabilities are volunteers at CHANGE and we train them to become trainers and consultants. This grant will make a massive difference to us and will support us to continue to do the great work that we do.”
Sam Johnson, Family Services Manager of the Children's Heart Federation
"Families of children with a heart condition really appreciate having someone to talk with about the challenges they face. This money will enable us to build up our helpline and the family link service that puts heart parents in touch with one another at times of great stress."
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