John Lyon’s Charity grant our Ealing service £105,000 for the next three years

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Monday 13 December 2021

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We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing a total of £105,000 from John Lyon’s Charity to help our Ealing team support even more families with disabled children in the borough until 2025.

Thanks to the funding from John’s Lyon’s Charity, Contact’s Ealing team will be able to continue the vital work they do supporting families by offering high quality information, support and advice,  parent workshops, 1:1 support and wellbeing activities to bring families together to support each other, build resilience and reduce isolation.

“Thank you for listening and caring – I do not have many people in my life who understand the challenges that raising a disabled child brings.”

Parent Carer supported by Contact’s Ealing team

Contact has been working in Ealing for nearly 40 years. The majority of the 1,000 families Contact’s Ealing team currently supports are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Research published by the Disabled Children’s Partnership revealed that a staggering 69% of families with disabled children never receive support beyond their close friends or family. During the pandemic this went up to 76%, making it difficult for parents to balance caring responsibilities with work and wider family life, all of which has a negative impact on the disabled child’s life opportunities and wellbeing.

Brigitte Bistrick-Bryan, Contact’s Ealing manager says,“We’re hugely grateful for the funding we’ve been awarded from John Lyon’s charity. It will make a real difference and means that we can continue to be there for even more Ealing families when their child has a disability, providing accessible information, advice and support and empowering them to make decisions that are right for them – more important than ever as vulnerable communities start to recover from the overwhelming impact of Covid.”

John Lyon’s Charity gives grants to benefit children and young people up to the age of 25 who live in nine boroughs in North and West London including Ealing.