Funding available to help people become volunteers and trustees

Advocacy charity POhWER is inviting applications for grants of up to £2,000 to help individuals contribute to the charity sector as a volunteer or trustee.

The Arthur Bate Fund has been set up by the charity in memory of one of its founding members. Arthur formed the charity in 1996 and passed away in 2013.

“Intended to help individuals become volunteers or trustees at POhWER or other charities or be a member of the POhWER service user advisory panel, individuals can apply for up to £2,000 funding to cover costs that are not covered by personal allowances such as for access costs and training,” said the charity.

The money can also be used to help meet running costs of advocacy and peer support groups.

POhWER added: “For self-advocacy, peer support or advocacy groups who need support setting up or growing the volunteer base, the fund can provide financial support for access cost, advertising, hiring meeting rooms or training.”

The charity’s chief executive Helen Moulinos said: “We are so proud of our heritage here at POhWER and of our founding member, Arthur. It is an honour to set up this fund in his memory.

“I did not have the pleasure of meeting or knowing Arthur myself but feel inspired by his activism in setting up POhWER, his reputation as a social justice campaigner, as well as being a board member of POhWER.

“Born with cerebral palsy, Arthur courageously fought for equal rights for those with disabilities, we are upholding this every day through our staff and volunteers’ work.”

The deadline for applications is 31 January.

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