DAG awarded £90k for two new projects

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A long standing Whitby charity has been awarded over £90,000 in grants.

Whitby Disablement Action Group (DAG) confirmed this week that it had been awarded two separate pots of money which it say will “have a significant impact” on its ability to maintain the services it provides to disabled people in Whitby.

The extra cash also means the charity will be able to extend its services into Ryedale.

A sum of £42,000 is coming from The Henry Smith Charity, which will be spread over three years, to develop the Welfare Benefits support service. Enabling disabled people to maximise their benefits entitlement is one of the key elements of Whitby DAG’s work.

manager Nigel Staton said, “The work done for many years by our benefits worker, Mo Aldred, has been hugely beneficial to disabled people in this area.

“This new funding will enable us to ensure this excellent service continues, while also gradually extending it into Ryedale.

“This work will be mainly done by Paul Seddon who has been with DAG for over one year and who has knowledge and direct personal experience of the benefits system.”

In addition DAG has also just received £48,860 through the Health Lottery to run a two year project within Whitby town centre to help reduce loneliness and isolation amongst disabled people and to increase community involvement.

It will be an arts based befriending project which also aims to get more people involved with the DAG.

Mr Staton added: “Receiving these two major grants, spread over two to three years has had a very positive and significant impact on DAG’s ability to continue providing much-needed services in the local community and to work towards filling in gaps in service provision more widely. They are very welcome.”