Care for disabled children and their families received a huge boost with the confirmation of a grant from the Big Lottery fund.
Calderdale Parents and Carers (CPC), a charity supporting families of disabled children, will receive the three year grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities Programme of £138,504 to develop an advocacy programme designed to support families of disabled children with some of the more practical challenges they may face.
Chris Easton, Chief Executive of CPC said: “We consulted widely earlier this year on the development of our two year strategy which asked families what services they would like us to provide.
“One of the biggest issues that families told us they faced was some of the added complexity that can come with accessing services and support for disabled children.
“This new programme, Advocacy for Better Outcomes (ABOut), will provide support when parents need it.
The CPC carried out a survey in 2012 that found a number of recurring issues faced by families of disabled children which it aims to tackle including providing clear advice to families who may not know where to turn
“Whether it is attending a meeting, helping with benefits applications or simply being there to listen when it is needed, we intend to offer a flexible and quick service that responds when families need us to,” said Mr Easton.
Families will either be able to access the project directly or through a referral from another professional.
The programme will launch in the summer following the recruitment of the project officer and early project planning.