The Government has outlined £2.4m of additional funding to support a range of charities to overcome challenges as a result of the pandemic, helping maintain continued support for autistic people, disabled people and those with a learning disability.
Thirteen charities have been selected to receive the funding, which will help support people of all ages improve their physical and mental wellbeing by funding services to provide practical support for disabled children, set up and expand helplines, provide mental health and wellbeing support for both staff and disabled people, as well as supporting advocacy.
The additional funding award builds on a successful £1.2m grant given to charities back in July 2020 to help them provide Covid-19 support.
Minister for Care, Helen Whately, said: “I know this last year has been a particularly difficult time for disabled people, autistic people and those with a learning disability.
“Covid-19 is having a disproportionate impact on them and we are doubling our investment in this fund to ensure people of all ages receive advice and support. It will help vital charities offer projects which are improving the physical and mental wellbeing of thousands every day.”
Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Justin Tomlinson, added: “The wellbeing and practical support provided by these charities throughout the pandemic has been invaluable to disabled people and their families.
“This funding provides a significant boost to these organisations and will impact positively on the disabled people using their services.
“As we look to build back better, the day to day needs of every person will be at the heart of our policy making, including our forthcoming National Strategy for Disabled People that will ensure disabled people have consistent access to the support that they need.”