Rochdale and District Disability Action Group

17 Aug 17

Lottery Grant

RADDAG have been awarded £10,000 for the development of our website, Information Centre and Magazine.

This grant is from Awards for All England who is supported by the Arts Council England, the Big Lottery Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England. They award grants of between £300 and £10,000 for people to take part in art, sport, heritage and community activities, and projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community.

The money will be used by RADDAG to establish a Disability Information Service within the Borough of Rochdale, this will include an Information Centre, an Information Magazine and a Website, all run by volunteers. The volunteers will be involved in staffing the Information Shop; this will include signposting to other services, producing information in alternative formats for example Braille, Large Print, Tape and training volunteers to give Information via leaflets and the Internet.

The activities will be accessible to everyone by using fully accessible venues, specialist equipment and support staff. Although the volunteers' main involvement will be within the Information Project, they will be encouraged to participate in other projects within RADDAG.

Volunteers will gain experience in communication, numeracy, literacy, creative writing, digital photography, video production, confidence building and assertiveness. IT skills to include web design, graphics and surfing the internet for information. Volunteers will also learn how to run the project including monitoring, finance and budgeting.

Having had the opportunity to participate in this project the volunteers will improve their self esteem, grow in confidence, progress to either further education or training, volunteer or work placement, or paid employment thereby improving quality of life.

This project increases the involvement of disabled people who face barriers within society. By ensuring that all venues, equipment and materials are accessible, disabled people will be empowered to participate fully within the project.

This project will also enable disabled people to improve their managerial and organisational skills, by encouraging them to manage, monitor and run the project these transferable skills could be used in paid employment or within their own lives.

If you are interested in being involved in this exciting project then please contact Sarah Gerber, who’s contact details are on the back page of the magazine.


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