Disability Direct faces the axe unless funds are found

0518_1The only centre in Nottingham for independent living that helps four thousand people each year free of charge could face closure in June.

Disability Direct provides peer support, mentoring, befriending and job service to people who are isolated in the community.

The centre in Lenton provides a range of free service for the disabled, carers and the elderly.

It was set up five years ago with help from Nottingham City Council and the Big Lottery Fund. However, their application for funding from the Big Lottery Fund this year was not successful.

Service manager Charlotte Throssel, was born with phocomelia, said: “We are a tiny team but we are making such a massive impact on the community. We are the only user-led Centre for Independent Living in Nottingham.”

Portfolio holder for Adults, Commission and Health Alex Norris said the local authority has agreed to look at the situation and see if there is a way it can help bridge the funding gap.

The service is planning a fundraising day from 11am-3pm at its base on Saturday, 30 May.

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