Posted 04:47PM on Tuesday 14 March 2017
A scheme to help vulnerable and disadvantaged adults with a learning disability has received a £5,000 boost from the Santander Foundation.
The Better Together programme, run by leading learning disability charity Positive Futures, operates in socially deprived areas including north and west Belfast. It provides mentors for people who fall outside traditional employment, education or day support.
The Santander Foundation offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.
Agnes Lunny, Chief Executive of Positive Futures, said: “This grant will make a real difference to people’s lives, particularly at a time when our funding from Government sources is under pressure from spending cuts. It will help people engage with other members of the community through social and leisure activities, thus reducing their isolation. Many of the people our organisation supports can feel like “forgotten people” in society.”
Amy Slack, Manager at the Santander Foundation, said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our local branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Positive Futures, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”