Late last year, Leonard Cheshire’s centres based on the Isle of Man were also recipients of a grant from The Hospital Saturday Fund.
Leonard Cheshire Disability is one of the largest disability charities in the world, with over 5,500 staff. The charity supports thousands of disabled people, both in the UK and in more than fifty other countries. Their focus is to work towards a society in which every person is equally valued, and believe that disabled people should have the freedom to live their lives the way they choose; with the opportunity and support to live independently, contribute economically, and participate fully in society.
On the Isle of Man, the charity runs two centres for adults aged between 18-65 years old, with the centre in Ramsey also providing respite care. Upon catching up with Jan Farrell, the Service Manager for the Island, we discovered that she also runs an Outreach Team, which also works towards the organisation’s goal of helping beneficiaries to return to the local community. Over a thirteen-week period, the individuals receive intensive support gaining skills such as understanding their finances and learning to swim. This service is currently supporting 45 people who have medical conditions (and sometimes) learning difficulties.
On the back of our conversation, Jan applied for a grant towards funding equipment in their Quinney Community Room, which is used by all local Leonard Cheshire residents. This room serves as a safe haven for the charity’s beneficiaries to meet, which is particularly important during these difficult times.
Leonard Cheshire Isle of Man ended up receiving a grant of £7,270.
To learn more about the charity, please visit: leonardcheshire.org