We are here to help improve the lives of children and young people with disabilities or additional needs and their Parent Carers. We have received vital funding to help secure our future for the next two years.
We have been given a grant of nearly £230,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund to continue and expand our work across the city.
The money is crucial after a tough time financially during the pandemic and will allow us to continue to support hundreds of families and work with and challenge Peterborough City Council.
We have received the funding after a rigorous assessment which includes us agreeing to a number of outcomes, including increasing community use of the Goldhay Centre in Paynels where we are based.
There is also an expectation that we will find new revenue streams over the two years so we are less reliant on grant funding in the future. This includes use of our caravans at Butlins in Skegness and Haven at Caister-on-Sea which are rented out at an affordable price and are available for all members of the public to use.
Further information on the caravans can be found at: http://www.familyvoice.org/Caravan.
Louise Ravenscroft, our Chief Operating Officer, said: “Our work helps support hundreds of families in Peterborough who have children with disabilities and additional needs, whether it be delivering food parcels or signposting them to support.
“We also challenge and co-operate with the local authority to make sure the voices of families from all backgrounds – including those which are seldom heard – are fed through to decision makers.
“I would like to thank the National Lottery for this funding which will allow us to continue carrying out this important work while looking to reduce our reliance on grants in the future.”
Cllr Heather Skibsted, member for Orton Longueville ward on Peterborough City Council and Our chair of trustees, added: “This is wonderful news for the charity as it means we have the funding to continue the valuable work for families in Peterborough as well as developing and improving services for the local community, for example the Goldhay community café recently started at the centre.
“We are extremely grateful to the National Lottery for this award.”
For more information on Family Voice Peterborough, visit: http://www.familyvoice.org/.