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Services for people with learning disabilities in North East London have been given a major boost with the news that local charity Ellingham have been awarded £703,433 from the Big Lottery Fund to pay for construction of a new multipurpose community centre.

The charity supports disabled people across east and north east London and will use the new building to house their “I Can Ventures” community enterprise initiative, which allows people with learning disabilities to work within social businesses.

The new facility will also be used to expand the growing day opportunities services on offer for people with learning disabilities, including accredited training and supported employment.

Opportunities for volunteers and other community groups from across the area will also increase thanks to this much needed resource, which has attracted investment into this deprived area with high levels of unemployment.

3 Ellingham service users sitting at a table holding their thumbs up and looking at the new community centre design.

This was the largest amount of money awarded by the Big Lottery award in the whole of London during the current round of funding.

Ellingham’s Chief Executive Mark Kirk said:

“We are both delighted and relieved to have received this award, which ensures Ellingham will continue enabling people with learning disabilities to lead more fulfilled lives, access day opportunities and inclusive activities all from a brand new state of the art facility.  We were desperately in need of a new facility, suitable to provide the quality services that our clients across the region want and deserve.   The team has worked tirelessly for two years to secure this award and it’s now a reality and we thank the Big Lottery for recognising the importance of empowering people with learning disabilities.”

6 Ellingham service users standing outside holding the new community designs.

Further info:

The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.

Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £33 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.

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