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New Grant Scheme for East Riding Groups Which Help Disabled Children


3:06pm 21st February 2013

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is launching a grant scheme aimed at helping organisations which provide targeted support for children and young people who have a disability.

The scheme is intended to help groups or organisations which provide direct support for young people, enabling them to access social and leisure activities.

This could, for example, mean organisations which can provide support to enable a young person with a disability to take part in age appropriate activities such as attending a local youth club, sporting activity or the cinema.

It aims to give families in receipt of funding through the local authority more options when deciding what support they wish to buy to provide social and leisure activities for the young person in their care.

The grant scheme is being launched by the council’s Children’s Commissioning and Development Team. The grants should allow organisations including commercial businesses, charities and voluntary groups to increase the quantity and range of support they provide.

A number of eligible families in the East Riding already receive the Freedom Activity Support Payment and with the move towards personal budgets coming closer there will soon be more families than ever looking to buy the type of support which best serves their needs, rather than relying on traditional commissioned services.

Councillor Julie Abraham, the council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and local authority schools, said:  “This shows the council’s commitment to developing personalisation in a way which will benefit as many families as possible.

“We do not want disability to be a barrier to a young person accessing any social and leisure activity in which they want to take part and by increasing the range of available support we are sure that we can come closer to achieving this goal.”

Applications from interested organisations must be received by 31 March 2013. Any organisations requesting an application form or further information should contact the Children’s Commissioning and Development Team on (01482) 396691, or email childrens.commissioning.team@eastriding.gov.uk.


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