Char­ity’s plea for sup­port dur­ing fund­ing am­bi­gu­ity

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY - KATE PUTTICK

ADROPIN cen­tre is ap­peal­ing to the com­mu­nity to get in­volved with ‘ Fundrais­ing Fe­bru­ary’ as they ner­vously await a de­ci­sion on fu­ture fund­ing.

The Parachute drop-in cen­tre was set up by Macclesfield Speak­ing Up Speak­ing Out (SUSO), a char­ity which is run with and for adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and ad­di­tional needs, thanks to a com­mu­ni­ties grant from the Big Lot­tery.

The grant is due to come to an end in April, and while staff are hop­ing the fund­ing will be ex­tended for an­other five years, they are hop­ing to gen­er­ate as much sup­port as pos­si­ble to en­sure the or­gan­i­sa­tion can con­tinue to pro­vide the ser­vices in the mean­time.

Karen Keen, project manager said: “An­other five years of fund­ing would be just amaz­ing and re­ally en­able us to look ahead to de­velop the drop-in and help make things bet­ter for our drop­per-in­ners.

“How­ever, we will not know for some time whether or not we have been suc­cess­ful. So in the mean­time we are work­ing hard to raise ad­di­tional im­por­tant funds so we can keep up the great work.”

One of the group’s aims is to raise aware­ness and chal­lenge mis­con­cep­tions about learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties at schools and through com­mu­nity events.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion needs help to con­tinue pro­vid­ing its popular drop-in ser­vice, de­liv­er­ing on av­er­age 55 ses­sions per week, and fort­nightly so­cial events.

In March, group mem­bers look for­ward to a visit to the Houses of Par­lia- ment for a guided tour and meet­ing with Macclesfield MP David Rut­ley.

‘Fundrais­ing Fe­bru­ary’ events will in­clude a Valen­tine’s raf­fle. Vol­un­teers will be sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets at the Grosvenor Cen­tre on Thurs­day and Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 12 and 13, with a Valen­tine’s event at the drop-in cen­tre on Fe­bru­ary 14.

On Fe­bru­ary 22, the vol­un­teers will also be host­ing a stall at the Trea­cle Mar­ket in St Michael’s Church gar­dens.

Street col­lec­tions will also be held on Wednes- day, Fe­bru­ary 11 and Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 19.

Other events will in­clude a su­per­mar­ket bag-pack, spon­sored walk and Valen­tine’s party.

To make a do­na­tion visit: http://www. macc­suso.org.uk/ mak­ing-a-do­na­tion/.

●● Vol­un­teers and ‘drop­per-in­ners’ at Parachute drop-in, in Macclesfield

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