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£10,000 awarded to Accuro’s Adult Friendship Scheme by The National Lottery Community Fund

Charity / Sun 24th Mar 2019 pm31 04:12pm

£10,000 awarded to Accuro’s Adult Friendship Scheme by The National Lottery Community Fund

IN March 2019, Accuro was awarded with £10,000 for their Adult Friendship Scheme by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Accuro’s Adult Friendship Scheme is one of the 6 schemes offered by Accuro which enables the charity to support people with disabilities across West Essex. Accuro has been providing services to people with disabilities for 35 years although due to continuous funding cuts, this is the only scheme that is catered to adults. “Just because my daughter is getting older, it doesn’t mean she won’t need these opportunities for adults,” says a parent.

Friendships are an integral part of human life but people with a disability tend to have fewer friends and opportunities for socialising which can cause social isolation and have a negative impact on their mental health and self-esteem.

Natalie Emuss, Accuro’s Fundraising Manager said “Accuro’s Adult Friendship Scheme benefits over 80 adults in Harlow and Uttlesford and the £10,000 received from the National Lottery Communtiy Fund will enable us to further revitalise our scheme.

“We provide a wide range of social opportunities including bowling, meals out, quizzes, theatre, cinema and music events for local people with disability to meet and make friends. Its all about securing future independence and once learned these enable young adults to access the community with greater confidence. We believe that by providing support to adults with disabilities, we can create a more joyful and inclusive society that recognises and embraces the individualities of all its members.

For more information about Accuro’s Adult Friendship Scheme or its other schemes, please visit www.accuro.org.uk

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