A CHARITY that provides support to more than 9,000 disabled people a year has applied for support from the Let’s Do It campaign.
Harrow Association of Disabled People has been offering services to people with mental, physical and learning disabilities since 1970.
The association has been running the Red Brick Cafe in the Healthy Living Centre in Harrow for almost seven years, giving people who are less able to work the opportunity to learn valuable skills.
It has applied to the Let’s Do It scheme for cash to help buy two easy-to-use tills for the cafe that come with a 12-month support service so workers can be fully trained.
Development officer Umesh Raichada said: “People are so used to fast-paced restaurants and service nowadays they sometimes don’t have the patience to wait for people who might take a bit longer to do things.
“At the moment, people with learning disabilities carry out more of a service role and aren’t behind the till. The tills we want to buy would give them the opportunity to learn money skills and life-long skills in communicating with customers and inter-acting better.
“What we ultimately want to do is to give people with learning difficulties more confidence so they can integrate into the community and play a valuable part.”
The cafe employs 45 people with learning disabilities and has 20 volunteers.
The Observer has joined up with Barclays for the sixth year to offer £3,000 to charities and community groups under the Let’s Do It scheme.
We want to hear from organisations that need money and want to know what they would do with a grant.
We are offering a first prize of £1,000 and two runners-up prizes of £500. Barclays has also included a Barclays Money Skills award which will provide the winning organisation with training in money management. Barclays will also make available staff to volunteer their services alongside £750 worth of services.
To submit a nomination, complete the coupon and attach an A4 sheet (maximum two sides) detailing what the group does, who it provides a service for, why it deserves the award and specifically what the group would spend the money and Barclays volunteers for.
Shortlisted entrants will be notified, with an award ceremony taking place in May 2012.
Call Barclays community manager Nicholas Smith on 020 8273 5960 with any questions.