Mencap has been selected as one of thirteen charities to benefit from a COVID-19 support fund launched by the government.
The £2.4 million fund will support charities to help autistic people, disabled people and those with a learning disability who are struggling with the effects of the pandemic.
It is hoped that the money will help people of all ages to improve their physical and mental wellbeing by funding services to provide practical support for disabled children, set up and expand helplines, provide mental health and wellbeing support for both staff and disabled people and support advocacy.
The news follows the launch of a £1.2 million fund given to seven charities in July 2020 to provide COVID-19 support.
Minister for Care, Helen Whately said: “I know this last year has been a particularly difficult time for disabled people, autistic people and those with a learning disability.
“COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on them and we are doubling our investment in this fund to ensure people of all ages receive advice and support. It will help vital charities offer projects which are improving the physical and mental wellbeing of thousands every day.”
Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Justin Tomlinson said: “The wellbeing and practical support provided by these charities throughout the pandemic has been invaluable to disabled people and their families.
“This funding provides a significant boost to these organisations and will impact positively on the disabled people using their services.
“As we look to build back better, the day to day needs of every person will be at the heart of our policy making, including our forthcoming National Strategy for Disabled People that will ensure disabled people have consistent access to the support that they need.”
The 13 charities set to benefit from the funding include Sense, Scope, Mencap, Leonard Cheshire, National Autistic Society, British Institute of Learning Disability, RNID and RNIB.