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ILF Scotland's Transition Fund to Help More Disabled People

Posted in General News on Monday, November 11th, 2019

The Independent Living Fund (ILF) Scotland has awarded a total of £2.5 million in grants to young disabled people across the country to help them to live independently and participate in community activities. This Milestone has been reached thanks to the organisation’s Transition Fund and as a consequence of this achievement, ILF Scotland has recently received support from the Scottish government which will allow the organisation to support even more young people. Since 2017 ILF Scotland has been awarding grants to young disabled people between the ages of 16 and 21 to help them make the transition into adulthood and the eligibility criteria for the Transition Fund has now been extended to cover young disabled people up to the age of 25. So far ILF Scotland has provided financial support to more than 1,050 young people across the country to help them cover the costs of everything from learning to drive to launching their own businesses, and several more applications are set to be approved over the next few months. Peter Scott, CEO of ILF Scotland commented: “£2.5 million in funding is an incredible milestone to have reached. We are delighted that so many young disabled people have gained opportunities to try out new activities that promote their independence and are even happier to learn that more young people will benefit thanks to the Health Secretary’s announcement of the fund’s extension. The transition period from childhood to adulthood can be challenging for all young people, but it has been identified as a time when disabled people can be particularly vulnerable. I know from meeting with many Transition Fund recipients first-hand what a difference this funding has made to their confidence and ability to be involved with their communities, during what could otherwise be a very isolating time for them. There is more to be done, and we look forward to welcoming new applications to the Transition Fund.”

ILF Scotland’s Transition Fund is open to all disabled people living in Scotland who are between 16 and 25 years old and if you would like to receive financial help with independent living, social inclusion or participating in your local community you can apply for a grant by visiting www.ilf.scot/transition-fund.

 

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