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Discovery Community Fund

The new Discovery Community Fund will support improvements to the health and independence of people with learning disabilities and autism right across Somerset.

The fund, the result of the ground-breaking partnership between Somerset County Council and local learning disability support provider Discovery, is initially distributing up to £200,000 for projects that support the health and independence of people with learning disabilities in Somerset.

Discovery’s Managing Director Luke Joy-Smith, said: “Perhaps with funding you could train healthcare professionals in how to make reasonable adjustments. Perhaps a lump sum could provide Changing Places bathroom facilities in your shop, café or community venue. Perhaps funding could help you launch a community taxi social enterprise. Perhaps hoists or sensory spaces would make your disability friendly holiday accommodation truly inclusive. Perhaps with funding, you could develop a network of Safer Places in towns across Somerset.”

Director of Adult Social Services Stephen Chandler added, “This fund is part of the original vision for reimagining learning disability provision in Somerset. Launching it with Discovery today is the result of a great deal of hard work and it’s very pleasing to reach this milestone.”

The first window for applications lasts from 9th Jan 2019 to 22nd Feb 2019, and the application process is being managed by the Somerset Community Foundation.

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