16 February 2010
The first round of Access to Volunteering grants have been announced.
Access to Volunteering aims to increase the number of disabled people volunteering by providing grants to supporting organisations. Money is provided by the Office of the Third Sector with funds being offered in three test areas - Greater London, North West and West Midlands. The first round of funding successfully awarded grants to up to £5,000 to 40 organisations.
In Greater London, Harrow Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has received £2,500 to put disabled volunteers through a CAB training programme to allow them to become qualified advisors. The Hope Centre in the North West has received nearly £5,000 to fund specialised equipment for disabled volunteers along with mentor support time, while in the West Midlands the Wilson Stuart School Fund received £2,500 to encourage young disabled people to start volunteering through providing support at out-of-school clubs.
The Access to Volunteering website has details of the 40 awards alongside information on how to apply for grants. Applications can be submitted online, by e-mail, phone or post.
Enquiries about the Fund can be made via the helpline: 03000 123 346 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.