Vale People First disability group to benefit from funding
5:01pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
A VALE disability group is set to benefit from £64,000 worth of funding from the government.
Vale People First, as well as Cardiff People First, are set to benefit as the government aims to bolster small grassroots groups that support disabled people in Wales.
Vale People First are a self-advocacy organisation, for and led by people, with a learning disability in the Vale of Glamorgan. They strive for respect, changes and opportunities for people with learning disabilities on a local and national level.
Esther McVey, the Minister for Disabled People, announced on Monday, September 16, that Vale People First and Cardiff People First are the two Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations (DPULOs) across the region to benefit from the money.
All are giving significant support to local grassroots organisations, by providing advice and funding at the right time to help disability projects get off the ground.
Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey, said:
"Small grassroots disability organisations, which are run by and for disabled people, often have clear ideas about what works in their local area to help disabled people reach their full potential. They tell me that a small amount of funding at the right time can make all the difference.
"Alongside other Government support, the 13 projects in the South East are helping to provide more opportunities for disabled people to learn new skills, and prepare for new careers, so they have the same opportunities as everyone else."
The DPULO programme is making a significant difference to DPULOs and their local communities through awards from the £3m Facilitation Fund.
Any organisations wishing to bid for money for specific projects, and help shape the future provision for disabled people, can do so by visiting www.odi.gov.uk/dpuloprogramme or http://www.facebook.com/dpulos.