Nottingham charity could close down due to lack of funds

CBJ Video Project RENAME.00_00_14_01.Still009A charity in Lenton is on the verge of closing down after a bid for a three year continuation grant from the Big Lottery Fund has been rejected.

Disability Direct
was set up in Nottingham five years ago with the support of the Nottingham City Council and Big Lottery Fund.

The charity aims to help the elderly and disabled people in Nottingham and it currently looks after 4000 people a year.  It also provides support such as signposting people on the kind of benefits they are entitled to and advice on employment rights.

Service manager Charlotte Throssel, who was born with phocomelia, a rare condition that causes birth defects, and only given days to live 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.”

Volunteer co-ordinator Steve Boseley agrees with what Charlotte says but believes if the charity can financially survive the next few weeks then their long term funding is likely to be secured. In the short term the issues are pretty clear.

“We can’t pay the bills like electricity and rent, but more importantly we cannot pay for community care or volunteers expenses.”

It’s not only the workers who would feel the loss of the centre but also the patients and carers that rely on the services of the charity’s work.

A spokeswoman on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund said that she could not comment on organisations currently applying for funding.

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