MacIntyre has secured almost £170,000 of National Lottery funding, for a new project to test solutions to break down the barriers people with a learning disability experience regarding end of life care, dying and death.
The funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, will enable the ‘Dying to Talk’ pilot project to help people we support, their families and MacIntyre staff, understand and feel supported talking about death and dying.
Through the delivery of our three-year Department of Health funded Dementia Project it became apparent that many people with a learning disability are not spoken to when it comes to end of life care, dying and making decisions regarding their death. Working with people with a learning disability, support workers, family members and the wider sector we will deliver workshops, provide information and create resources to find the best ways of actively promoting equality in all aspects of life, inclusion and best practice in respect of end of life planning.
MacIntyre’s Health & Wellbeing Manager said:
“We are thrilled to receive this funding to develop this important work; it’s so important for every person to be fully supported in all areas of their life”
Elly De Decker, England Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said:
“We are delighted to support MacIntyre with its ‘Dying to Talk’ project. The charity works hard to ensure people with learning disabilities and/or autism are not marginalised. The project places its members at the heart of it, ensuring not only that people are well informed but that voices are heard. Something that is particularly important when decisions are being made about end of life care.
We are able to fund this much-needed programme thanks to National Lottery players, who raise £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK.”
Notes to Editors
Established in 1966 by the parent of a disabled child, MacIntyre has grown to become a leading national charity, highly respected and committed to setting standards and increasing choice.
MacIntyre provides education, support and care for more than 1,200 children, young people and adults who have a learning disability and/or autism across England and Wales.
About The National Lottery Community Fund
We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. National Lottery players raise £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.
We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.
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For more information, please contact:
Claire Kennedy, Head of Marketing & Fundraising, MacIntyre
- Tel: 07810 631305
Pav Gill, Strategic Communications Officer at The National Lottery Community Fund
- Tel: 07970 333002