Postcode Community Trust has awarded an incredible £1 Million to 115 community projects across Great Britain in its first funding round, thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery.
The Postcode Community Trust inaugural funding round was open to organisations operating in North England, Scotland and Wales. While competition for the awards was fierce, 115 projects were awarded funding of between £500 and £20,000.
One project to receive funding is ENABLE Scotland, which works with children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, along with their families and carers. ENABLE will receive £19,888 for its Community Changes project. The Community Changes project engages young people to impact their local communities in a positive way.
Community Changes will develop ten projects that will deliver long-lasting change across Scotland. Some of the work undertaken will include transforming unused community spaces and developing sensory gardens for elderly residents. Community Changes aims to show that young people who have a learning disability can be active contributors to society with valuable skills and qualities to offer in their local communities.
One other project to receive funding is the Neuro Therapy Centre, which is based in Wales. The Centre will receive £8,955 for its Hearing and Audiology Service for people affected by a neurological condition.
The Neuro Therapy Centre supports people affected by Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other long-term neurological conditions. The organisation focuses on self-help as a way of dealing with symptom management. The funding will enable the Centre to offer a hearing clinic for examination and advice, an audiological facility for advice on hearing aids and a listening programme that focuses on the relationship between frequencies and vibration.
Katie Roebuck, a Fundraiser at Neuro Therapy Centre, said, "Our new hearing and audiology service is a real asset to our services at the Centre. It is helping so many of our members who have experienced isolation due to hearing loss. We would like to thank players of People's Postcode Lottery for the funding, which has helped to make all this possible."