Business boost for charity

A charity that supports people with learning disabilities in North Tyneside is hoping to expand with the help of business experts.

LD:NE, which offers individual support and group projects, is one of 16 charities selected by the Garfield Weston Foundation to receive mentoring from senior business leaders through the Pilotlight scheme.

The charity hopes to use the expertise to explore opportunities for growth across the north east, new ways of fundraising and potential diversification.

Chief executive David Robinson said: “There is an impression that people with learning disabilities are well looked after and receive lots of benefits so don’t need any extra support. But in many cases, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“I’m looking forward to working with Pilotlight’s mentors to get their perspective on how we get out there, what our approach should be, and the steps we need to take to realise our ambitions.”

The service, which has recently undertaken a governance review, staff restructure and changes to its fundraising processes, helps people with learning disabilities and their carers with a range of issues, from dealing with debt and hate crime to accessing activities and services.

Its work includes a project for the over 50s and an early years programme for children and families.