Cash boost will benefit the disabled

A HOST of organisations are set to be given thousands of pounds to help disabled people enjoy trips out.

Seven groups 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 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 and has put forward the following groups for grants:

● 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 and the LDPB is expected to consider further applications throughout the year.

A report outlining the grants has been sent to the council’s adult and public health services portfolio and is due to be discussed on Wednesday, April 25.

The report says: “The capital grant was received to support children and adults with a disability and in particular support parents and carers to continue in their caring role.

“The panel considered applications that would enhance the lives of those people often socially excluded in today’s society.”

The meeting is due to take place at 10am at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road.