The last remaining free disability service provider in Nottingham is under threat to close by the end of June because of a lack in government funding.
Disability Direct in Nottingham has developed into Nottingham’s only centre for independent living. It launched five years ago to provide free information, advice, and guidance for disabled people, carers and the elderly.
However, it is under threat of closing in June as cuts have been made in the government’s grant. The Manager, Charlotte Throssel, says that they have asked for more help from the government “but even if we get that, it still leaves us with a gap from June to September, about three months with no money”.
The volunteers of Disability Direct help people with benefit forms, give free welfare rights advice and help with everyday tasks like changing a smoke alarm battery. They say that the closure would leave hundreds of people without help.
In 2013, the government launched a programme to develop and strengthen disabled people’s user led organisations (DPULOs). However, Disability Direct will need to raise enough money to stay afloat and avoid closing in June.