Disability forum gets big grant

A DISABILITY charity in is celebrating after securing a grant of £18,700 from Lloyds TSB Foundation.

North Tyneside Disability Forum (NTDF) has received the grant to contribute to the salary of the chief executive officer (CEO).

Sue Adams, pictured, CEO at the forum, said: “The grant could not have come at a better time for the voluntary sector and disabled people in North Tyneside.

“At North Tyneside Disability Forum we provide a number of services and opportunities to our beneficiaries, from advice and mentoring programmes to BSL and other training, health and well-being, leisure and learning, vocation and enterprise, arts, sports and music, Duke of Edinburgh Award projects and other accreditations and certifications.

“With austerity measures and funding cuts occurring across the region, competition is mounting making council grants, contracts and private funding harder for charities to obtain.

“Without funding, disability support charities will struggle to operate, and people with disabilities in North Tyneside will lose crucial support networks.”

Peter Ellis, the grant manager in Newcastle for Lloyds TSB Foundation England and Wales, said: “This is the foundation’s 25th anniversary year and we are proud to support people with disabilities by funding North Tyneside Disability Forum.”