Possability People Wins Lottery Award!

Possibility People is pleased to let you know they’re celebrating a National Lottery windfall following a year of funding uncertainty which jeopardised the help they give to local disabled people. 

Our successful bid will see them receive almost £400,000 for a four-year programme to support disabled people into work, volunteering or training in Brighton, Hove and across East Sussex. It will allow their specialist employment service to provide support to empower and enable people to identify and overcome the barriers they might face to getting a job. 

This will include developing coping strategies and techniques to manage the impact of their condition in and out of work, so people can see past ‘I can’t’. It will also improve people’s skills, such as digital, and building confidence in talking to employers about health conditions or impairments. 

Geraldine Des Moulins, Chief Executive of Possability People, says: 

“This is tremendously good news for Brighton, Hove and East Sussex. It’s particularly good for disenfranchised disabled people unable to see how valuable they are to society and don’t value their place in the world, especially the world of work. It’s also good news for employers who might not realise the benefits disabled people can bring as employees. 

“Our Community Employment Team all have experience of managing a range of health conditions and impairments at work. They understand how frightening and overwhelming taking the first steps towards work can be, but this programme is designed to fit flexibly around each participant’s needs. We know what works for one person won’t work for the next. And we also know that people move at different paces, and need to be motivated to stick at it in different ways. We are delighted that hundreds more disabled people in the area will have the opportunity to get the support they want so they can enjoy the rewards that learning, volunteering or work can bring”. 

As well as our Community Employment Service, they support disabled people to live independently in a range of other ways. 

These include: disability advice; help managing aches and pain; help for vulnerable older patients leaving hospital; a specialist home care service; and Shopmobility. We offer a supported bank account and payroll service; Disability Confident training, and access to a fully accessible venue in central Brighton. 

Geraldine continued: “Charities like Possability People are experiencing challenging times with reductions in statutory funding. We have experienced cuts in a range of areas over the past year, but the investment from funders such as the Lottery help us ensure the valuable work we do every day across our organisation helps disabled people to live independently”. 

Sacha Rose-Smith, Head of Funding at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: 

“We are delighted to support the fantastic work of Possability People with this grant. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, people with disabilities will learn skills and build the confidence needed to apply for jobs and excel in fulfilling roles, helping their local communities to thrive.” 

For more information about how they can help, telephone them on 01273 894040, email hello@possabilitypeople.org.uk