Windfall for Whitby charity

Volunteers and staff from Whitby DAG celebrating the grant they have receieved at their office at Chuch House''w110909    Picture: Ceri Oakes
Volunteers and staff from Whitby DAG celebrating the grant they have receieved at their office at Chuch House''w110909 Picture: Ceri Oakes

A GOVERNMENT windfall will help a Whitby charity continue its important work supporting disabled people throughout the area

Whitby and District Disablement Action Group, DAG, which is based in Church House in the town’s Flowergate has been given £13,500.

It is one of only 12 charities throughout Yorkshire and Humber to benefit from a grant of £321,149 for the region from the government’s Department of Health awards to charities.

It is aimed at bridging a gap between now and the end of the financial year in April. From then the government has allocated £100 million to help charities during the coming financial year.

Nigel Staton, spokesman for Whitby DAG, said: “It’s intended to help organisations that would be struggling to keep going until the end of the financial year next month.

“We’re delighted we’ve got it especially as we can use it for anything we need including paying salaries.

“But these are very difficult times and we now have to charge for all the services we provide although we don’t make a profit and local people are fantastic at raising money for us and helping us.”

The organisation offers considerable support for disabled people including help in applying for welfare benefit. It also hires out equipment including scooters as well as manual and powered wheelchairs.

Government Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “I’m pleased that we’re able to give this money to help so many organisations keep providing valuable support and services for thousands of people. “Charities play an important role in our vision for the Big Society and it is right that in these difficult economic circumstances we should give short-term support to organisations which are helping to support health and care services.

“This support will ensure that strong, independent voluntary organisations survive and are able to prepare for future opportunities that will be opened up by public service reform.” Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said: “Central Government can’t do everything people want in their communities – local people are better placed than officials or Ministers in Whitehall to know what their communities need.

“This is about a new relationship between the state and citizens where citizens hold more power than ever before. “By providing this money to the organisations that are already working closely with their local community on a daily basis we’re helping to provide services that are shaped around individual needs.

“ We would like to thank all these charities for the important work they do in supporting people with a wide range of health and social care needs. “Charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises can have a powerful role in mobilising community action and helping people to drive change, to take over local facilities that are not being used properly and make sure that local issues are not ignored. The funding we will deliver will allow them to seize these opportunities.”

Anyone in the area who would like to help Whitby DAG should call in to Church House, Flowergate, Whitby or ring (01947) 821001.