User and Carer char­ity gets a £103,000 boost from Lottery

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - SUNDAY’S TV - SHARON LIP­TROTT

A care char­ity for those with men­tal ill­ness across the re­gion has been given a Lottery boost.

User and Carer In­volve­ment has been awarded £103,000 over the next three years from the Na­tional Lottery Com­mu­nity Fund pro­gramme, Grants for Im­prov­ing Lives.

The char­ity, which cov­ers Dum­fries and Gal­loway, aims to en­sure that peo­ple who have men­tal ill­ness, de­men­tia or learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, and their car­ers have a rep­re­sen­ta­tive voice and, as a re­sult, see pos­i­tive changes in their ser­vice pro­vi­sion.

Ser­vice man­ager Kal­pana Rat­nam–Roarty said:“User and Carer In­volve­ment are de­lighted to be awarded this grant by the Na­tional Lottery, as it will en­able us to con­tinue our much-needed ser­vice across Dum­fries and Gal­loway.”

The first year’s fund­ing is in re­sponse to Covid-19 and will go to­wards a learn­ing dis­abil­ity de­vel­op­ment worker and ses­sional staff to de­liver a pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing art, mu­sic, writ­ten word.

This will help peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties to process, adapt, re­spond, and re­cover from coro­n­avirus

The sec­ond and third year’s fund­ing is for two learn­ing dis­abil­ity de­vel­op­ment work­ers – one each in the west and east of the re­gion – to de­velop the ser­vice.

De­light Kal­pana Rat­nam–Roarty

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