Kendal's Shopmobility service saved by a grant

19 April 2012

Kendal's Shopmobility service, threatened with closure after suffering funding cuts, will now be continued as part of a new charity thanks to a Healthy Communities Small Grant from People's Health Trust

Kendal's Shopmobility service, threatened with closure after suffering funding cuts, will now be continued as part of a new charity. The Kendal and South Lakes Centre for Independent Living has been set up using a Healthy Communities Small Grant of £9,500 from People's Health Trust and will be a drop-in centre for disabled people in the town centre – advising users on all aspects of independent, healthy living, welfare, diet and exercise.

Pam Flitcroft, Project Development Officer for Kendal and South Lakes CIL “One Voice” said: “ When we found out we had received the grant we were absolutely delighted, we were dancing round the room.  This is going to make such a difference to people with any form of disability in Kendal and South Lakes.  Our office is situated on Level 3 of the Shopping Centre car park, which is all disabled parking, making it easy for people to get to us so they can get all the support and information they need in one place. There are over 10,000 people with a disability of some form in this area, only 6500 of these are Blue Badge holders.  Not only can we help and advise Blue Badge holders but also those people with lesser known or less visible disabilities that have no local support.    We are so fortunate to get this funding. Thank you so much, we really are very, very grateful.”

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