The Government has announced £2.4m of additional funding for thirteen charities that help autistic people, disabled people and those with a learning disability.
The money will support people of all ages to improve their physical and mental wellbeing by funding services to provide practical support for disabled children, set up and expand helplines, provide mental health and wellbeing support for both staff and disabled people and support advocacy.
Minister for Care, Helen Whately, said: ‘I know this last year has been a particularly difficult time for disabled people, autistic people and those with a learning disability.
‘COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on them and we are doubling our investment in this fund to ensure people of all ages receive advice and support.
‘It will help vital charities offer projects which are improving the physical and mental wellbeing of thousands every day.’ Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Justin Tomlinson commented:
‘The wellbeing and practical support provided by these charities throughout the pandemic has been invaluable to disabled people and their families.
‘This funding provides a significant boost to these organisations and will impact positively on the disabled people using their services.
‘As we look to build back better, the day to day needs of every person will be at the heart of our policy making, including our forthcoming National Strategy for Disabled People that will ensure disabled people have consistent access to the support that they need.’