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Over £70,000 awarded to Manx learning disability charity

Thu, 30 Nov 2023

Manx Lottery Trust (MLT) has awarded a grant of £76,000 to Manx Mencap, a charity dedicated to improving opportunities for the learning disability community in the Isle of Man.

The grant will enable Manx Mencap to continue its Summer Holiday Activity Scheme which was launched in conjunction with local autism charity, Autism for Mann.

The Scheme, aimed at 4-17 year olds who have learning disabilities and/or autism and social communications challenges, included a range of activities such as arts and crafts, sailing, Lego club, swimming and animal therapy.

Manx Mencap plans to extend the Scheme to all school holidays, with the addition of several new activities including weekly sessions at the indoor playground Dragon’s Castle, swimming, dancing, and gym classes.

Funding will also be used to cover the salary of a new staff member dedicated to organising and promoting the Scheme year-round, and the hiring of a responsible adult who will provide assistance to children and young adults with learning disabilities in mainstream environments.


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