A CHARITY has been awarded a three-year grant worth £232,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme.
The East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People, based in Herstmonceux, will use the money for development and recruitment.
More than 1,070 people across the county will benefit from a variety of training courses funded by the grant.
Steve Saunders, who is blind and the chair of ESAB’s user group said, “This is great news for blind and partially sighted people in East Sussex. The grant will fund ESAB to develop its skills training programme with the aim of helping blind people to gain confidence and maintain their independence. Courses will include a five-day cookery and well-being course and a new one-day course in developing self-confidence.
“The grant will also enable us to expand our vision awareness training by offering initially free training to local organisations. This will enable them to understand the problems faced by people who are vision impaired and provide them with a better service.”
ESAB’s fundraiser Amanda Hyatt said, “In a difficult funding climate winning an award from Big Lottery Fund is a huge boost for ESAB and gives us credibility with other donors. We are very excited about this award and the potential for development that it gives us.”