People with MND in Wales to benefit from emergency funding
People who are living with MND in Wales are set to benefit from emergency funding which has been awarded to the Association by the Welsh Government with support from the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).
As part of the measures it has put in place to support the voluntary sector during the pandemic, the Welsh Government and WCVA have awarded £46,352 to the Association to help it support the costs of its staff and volunteer team in Wales over the next six months. The funding will enable the Association to run a series of virtual events across Wales, including regular support groups and informal gatherings for people living with MND, their families and carers and recruit and train more volunteers to ensure the Association can support more people living with MND from diverse communities across Wales.
News of the award comes at a challenging time for the Association as it continues to face losses in fundraising income as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
The Association’s Director of Fundraising, Linda Allen said:
“This award will help us to continue our services for people with MND in Wales into the future. It is the only emergency government funding that we’ve been able to access to date, so we are particularly grateful to the Welsh Government for understanding the value of the voluntary sector and responding so quickly to the crisis.”
Catherine Miller, Head of Grants and Environment for the WCVA said:
“We are very happy that through the Voluntary Services Emergency Fun (VSEF) we have been able to provide a grant to the MND Association, who are delivering vital services to those living with MND in Wales. The VSEF grant has contributed to enabling the Association to adapt and continue to deliver services throughout the pandemic when service users and carers are experiencing new needs. We are especially proud that this grant has contributed to the development of new ways of doing things to ensure continuity of service provision in times such as this pandemic.”