Sussex Freemasons Donate £30,000 To Support Local Disabled Children

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Hundreds of families with disabled children in Brighton and Hove will be helped to claim the benefits they are entitled to, thanks to a generous donation from Sussex Freemasons to Amaze’s Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Project.

The £30,000 Masonic grant will help Amaze to provide a team of trained volunteers to support the most disadvantaged families to complete benefit claims and run regular workshops.  We are also planning to develop new digital resources to help families complete their own claims, which will we will be piloting with a group of families in East Sussex.  

The extra income from a successful claim for DLA or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), including benefits like Carers Allowance, amounts to between £8,000-13,000 per year for most households, which helps families to meet the additional costs of bringing up a disabled child or young person.  Once a family’s immediate financial hardship is resolved, the DLA Project also signposts disabled young people and parents to other sources of support and advice, for example local support groups or training courses, helping to further improve the wellbeing and social inclusion of the whole family. 

The grant from Sussex Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

For further information about Amaze see www.amazesussex.org.uk

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