Independent Living

We’ve been awarded a £49,822 grant by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, one of the UK’s leading community grant makers. The new funding will help us offer a structured package of holistic support for young people with learning disabilities who seek to live independently.

The grant will fund a new service called ‘A Better Life’, which the charity has co-designed with 30 local families and young people. The aim is to help 10-13 young people experiencing multiple challenges to move on from residential care or the family home into their own homes with tailored support that helps them continue their journey into full and independent living.

Clare Wightman, Chief Executive of Grapevine, said:

“The grant means that some of our most disabled young people will get a shot at independent living. They face a lot of challenges such as learning disability, autism and many find it hard to manage their emotions as they grow up. But now we can give them more personalised support so they can move on from families in crisis or residential care and have a life that other adults take for granted.”

Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, said:

“We are proud to support Grapevine in its invaluable work reaching out, engaging with and empowering more disadvantaged individuals helping them move on from dependency to improve their lives. Through our grants and wider support, Lloyds Bank Foundation will continue to fund, champion and help to build the capacity of small, specialist charities like Grapevine that are an integral part of the social fabric of our communities.”