Inclusion Barnet is celebrating today after being awarded £51,087.00 in National Lottery funding to put people with lived experience in the lead.
The new grant from the UK’s largest funder of community activity will bolster our User Voice work, allowing us to develop a Covid Response forum which will strive to ensure that disabled people have input into how services adapt to be accessible and accommodating in the ‘new normal’.
The grant is part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Lived Experience Leaders programme, which is today announcing £2.5million of funding going to 49 projects across the UK. The National Lottery funding will support organisations to better embed experts by experience in all aspects of operations – including making it central to COVID-19 response, recovery and renewal – and enables the Fund and the wider sector to continue learning about how people with first-hand experience can become leaders, and how funders can support them.
Cassie Robinson, Senior Head of UK Portfolio at The National Lottery Community Fund said:
“Thanks to National Lottery players, people with lived experience will use their unique expertise to lead social change and help their communities to thrive, which is vital in the response to – and looking ahead to the recovery from – COVID-19. We know that supporting those with first-hand experience to become leaders is a key enabler for civil society to do more, help more people, and for the sector to continue to make a positive impact.”
The Lived Experience Leadership programme was developed using learning and insights from the pilot programme and is a key part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s commitment to enabling civil society to be fit for the future. The programme is helping organisations and the social sector create opportunities for people with first-hand experience to be at the forefront of decision making.
National Lottery players raise £30 million a week for good causes. During 2020 The National Lottery Community Fund distributed over £650 million to community projects across the UK*.
To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk
*£650 million covers the period of 1st January – 25th November 2020