Group fights on to find funding

Disablement Action Group Annual General Meeting.'The DAG commitee,from left,Tracey Pickering,Sue Bell,Tim Vasey and Ian Whitfield.'Picture by Neil Silk  120439'26/01/12
Disablement Action Group Annual General Meeting.'The DAG commitee,from left,Tracey Pickering,Sue Bell,Tim Vasey and Ian Whitfield.'Picture by Neil Silk 120439'26/01/12

n SCARBOROUGH Disablement Actioon Group is run by disabled people, for disabled people, and aims to help those with a disability achieve maximum independence.

A LONG-ESTABLISHED Scarborough charity says it will continue to run despite continued funding pressures.

Scarborough Disablement Action Group told the Evening News last year that it needed to raise funds urgently, or face the prospect of closure.

An update given by acting manager Tim Vasey confirmed that thankfully the charity is surviving, but that it is still “struggling through a funding crisis”.

Mr Vasey explained: “Funding-wise we are in a desperate position, but at the moment there is no danger of the group going under.

“We’re planning fundraising events and we’ve made lots of useful contacts. We also have a strong volunteer base.

“As far as we’re concerned it’s business as usual. We’ll be there for the public.”

He said that bids for funding and grants were being put in every week, adding: “We’re optimistic that the situation at present may only be for the short term.”

Mr Vasey called for anyone who knows of any available grants, or who has any ideas for fundraising events, to get in touch on (01723) 379397.

People are also encouraged to get in touch if they’d like to volunteer.

The group is preparing to move its information service to the Yorkshire Coast Homes building in Gladstone Street.

They are aiming to move in on Thursday and anyone with prior appointments will be notified in advance.

The move is due to the fact that Allatt House is being sold by Seachange to help fund The Street, a new community and youth centre in Scarborough.

Mr Vasey explained that the move could benefit the group and its users as Yorkshire Coast Homes have offered help from their financial specialist.

He added that the building is wheelchair accessible and that its advisors will also in turn be able to help assist Yorkshire Coast Homes’ tenants.

Mr Vasey said: “We’re looking forward to moving in with great excitement.”