Staff at an organisation supporting disabled people in the borough are celebrating after receiving a £400,000 cash boost.
North Tyneside Disability Forum will receive £402,883 over the next five years from the Big Lottery Fund to help its members and community groups in North Tyneside.
And the cash boost will also lead to two new job opportunities as the service looks to expand to deal with its growing role.
NTDF chief officer Sue Adams said: “This award will make a huge difference not just to our organisation and its beneficiaries, but to the local area that has suffered some real cut backs and economic difficulties. “Over the past 18 months demand for support has exceeded our capacity to provide that support and this award will really help address this diffculty.”
The award, which supports running costs and some capital, will also enable the charity to employ a full time community development workre and a part time administrator to facilitate the aims and objectives of their new ‘Our Community’ project.
Sue added: “The project seeks to increase active participation and enhance community cohesion by ensuring disabled people and their families in North Tyneside are best supported by resources and opportunities to enable their engaging in local decision making, consultations and are able to take advantage of activities and events which look to increase active citizenship, build stronger communities by enhanced community cohesion.”
For more information about NTDF call (0191) 200 8770.