£93,000 funding boost to help disabled

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CIVIC chiefs have welcomed a funding boost for a host of organisations aimed at helping disabled people enjoy trips out.

Seven groups in town have been chosen to share £93,295 to offer a range of services from an adapted caravan to a sensory community garden.

The short break capital funding is aimed at helping those with disabilities to take part in days out.

Hartlepool councillor Hilary Thompson welcomed the news and said anything that adds to people’s quality of life is to be welcomed.

Hartlepool Borough Council received £80,000 from NHS Hartlepool and £64,970 from Aiming High for Disabled Children to improve services in the town.

The Hartlepool Learning Disability Partnership Board (LDPB) was put in charge of distributing the funds.

Independent Coun Thompson, portfolio holder for adult and public health services, backed the funding boost at a recent meeting.

Coun Thompson said: “They all add to the quality of life for people.

“I am very happy to note the contents of the report and pleased to see that we have allocated money to things such as this which are very worthwhile.”

The groups to benefit are:

• Summerhill Country Park – £19,066.50 to buy and fit specialised play equipment;

• Hartlepool United Disabled Supporters Association – £40,000 to buy a caravan adapted for disabled people with wheelchair access;

• Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group – £5,000 to upgrade facilities, the central heating system and decor;

• Friends of Seaton Park – £5,000 to develop a sensory community garden;

• OSCAR Out of School Care Service – £2,000 to provide mobile sensory equipment;

• Hartlepool Families First – £4,988.40 to buy a mobile hoist, a solar projector and accessories and to complete the refurbishment of a sensory room.

• Carlton Outdoor Education Centre – £17,240.50 to buy equipment for adults and children as part of the building of an accessible toilet.

There is still £51,675 yet to be allocated.

The LDPB is expected to consider further applications throughout the year.