Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Activity Centre for the Disabled Lands Big Lottery Funding

An adventure center in North Yorkshire, England, has been awarded a £9,300 grant from the Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All Program.

Carlton Lodge Activity Centre, in Carlton Miniott, provides life-enhancing activities for people with disabilities, but a lack of specialist equipment limited the amount of benefit some young people were able to derive from the center so it launched a bid for lottery assistance.

The center, which first opened its doors in 1970, provides a range of indoor and outdoor activities designed to boost the confidence and help develop team-working abilities.

The need for specialist equipment first became apparent earlier this year when a school brought along a couple of wheelchair users whose restrictions made them unable to take part in certain activities.

The center will now be able to purchase an off-road wheelchair that will allow less mobile visitors to take better advantage of their visits.

The funding will also enable the purchase of climbing harnesses and a mobile hoist that will help disabled visitors into kayaks and canoes.

A center spokesperson said: "We are delighted and very excited by the award as we have always sought to be fully inclusive and this will further enable us to ensure that disabled young people within a school or youth group gain the same benefit from all our activities as their peers."

Each year the Big Lottery distributes 40% of the money the UK National Lottery set aside for good causes. The money is used to provide assistance to community groups and projects that are believed to have a positive impact on health education and the environment.