The following was published on the Big Lottery Fund website on 22nd October:
A new project by The Ipswich Disabled Advice Bureau (IDAB) will support disabled people to reduce their levels of isolation and improve their health and wellbeing. The £263,838 grant will support individuals to develop their money management, IT, cooking and other life skills. This will develop their confidence and increase their chances of entering education, training, employment and volunteering. At least 1,000 disabled people from Ipswich and surrounding areas will benefit, including Kesgrave, the Shotley peninsula and Hadleigh.
The project aims to reduce anxiety in coping with financial welfare reforms through debt and money management sessions, including basic IT training and managing universal credit accounts. There will also be group sessions on loan sharks, legal advice, mobility cars and access to work. Healthy lifestyle activities will include healthy eating workshops, gentle exercise classes and swimming clubs. The project will also provide social group activities, peer support lunches, relationship advice sessions and home visits to reduce isolation.
Big Lottery Fund spokesperson Jonathan Clarke said: “Today’s funding will help projects to give vulnerable older people and people with disabilities the support to help them build a comfortable and positive future for themselves.”