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Disability charity secures more vital funding

Disability Shetland team leader Stephanie Bain said she was "delighted" at the latest grant award. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

DISABILITY Shetland has secured a three year grant worth £138,000 from the National Lottery.

The much-needed money will be put towards the charity’s services for individuals and groups, with 130 people set to benefit.

Team leader Stephanie Bain said she was “delighted” at the grant award.

It will allow Disability Shetland to deliver group activities, clubs and individual programmes across the isles, with 40 volunteers set to be involved.

The aim is to assist young people and adults with physical and/or learning disabilities to help them “develop a range of personal and social skills which will enable them to realise their potential and participate fully in the activities of their communities”.

It’s more good news for Disability Shetland, which received nearly £100,000 from Children In Need in early August to secure the future of its children’s clubs for the next three years.

But the charity, which has had to rely on fundraising in the community in recent years, said it still needs local people to donate to the cause.

“This money, along with the money we have recently received from Children in Need, will cover half the complete running costs for Disability Shetland so it is important that we continue to keep up our fundraising efforts,” Bain said.

“This is the first time for a while that we have received three year funding from big funders such as the National Lottery and this is due to the recognition of the ongoing hard work of the organisation to raise the profile of Disability Shetland to gain such fantastic support from our local community, so thank you!”

Big Lottery Fund Scotland chairwoman Maureen McGinn added: “I am delighted that Disability Shetland has been successful in securing a Big Lottery Fund grant.

“The funding will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish Disability Shetland every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community.”

Around £50,000 has been raised for the charity in the last two years by the Shetland public alone, helping to keep it afloat.