A borough charity has received a cash boost to help pay for the salary of its chief officer.
North Tyneside Disability Forum (NTDF) has received a £16,000 grant from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales over two years.
The money will pay for chief officer Sue Adams, whose role is essential to the operational management of the charity and in supporting volunteers and staff.
NTDF works with disabled people and their families by offering activities such as a theatre group, crafts and IT training to encourage beneficiaries to meet others and reduce isolation and loneliness.
Sue said: “We aim to improve the quality of life for local disabled people by helping to increase their self-confidence and positive well-being.
“This funding will allow us to continue to provide these vital activities to the local community and help us to cope with increasing demand for our services.”
Grant manager Peter Ellis added: “With charities experiencing an unstable economic climate and increased pressure on resources, over 75 per cent of funding is awarded to core costs enabling charities to continue to support those most in need.”