Helensburgh project wins People’s Millions funding
The charity ENABLE Scotland has won £46,000 from The People’s Millions to launch a friendship project for people who have learning disabilities living in Helensburgh and surrounding area.
The project, which will be called The Friendship Network, will bring people who have learning disabilities together through a range of fun and social events. It will give people opportunities to meet new friends and try new things. Isolation affects many people who have learning disabilities and this money will help transform the lives of many people living in the area.
The public voted for the project to win The People’s Millions money on Wednesday 27 November. A short film about The Friendship Network was broadcast on STV’s early evening news programme that evening and the public took the project to its hearts, voting for it to win.
Peter Scott, CEO of ENABLE Scotland, said: “People who have a learning disability want to make friends and have relationships just like anyone else. But unfortunately all too often we hear about people living in isolation. Winning this money from The People’s Millions will allow us to launch a project which will bring people who have learning disabilities together to try new things, participate in the local community and make new friends.
“We are incredibly grateful to the People’s Millions and the public who took the time to vote for us. This project will make an incredible difference to people’s lives.”
ENABLE Scotland is the country’s leading charity for children and adults who have learning disabilities. ENABLE Scotland is a member-led organisation. Local ENABLE branches are made up of volunteers, mostly people with learning disabilities and their families and carers. Find out more at www.enable.org.uk