The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has awarded a grant of £25,000 over two years to the charity BATIAS Independent Advocacy Services. The funding will go towards the salary of a coordinator, contributing to the day to day running of the charity. The Foundation is one of only a handful of grant makers that award funding for charities’ core costs, such as salaries.
BATIAS supports adults with a learning disability to make informed choices, speak out and get their voices heard. The charity provides a range of services such as advocacy work, a friendship and dating agency and a cafe and catering social enterprise for those with a learning disability in the Thurrock region.
Commenting on the grant, Carole Cecil, Chief Executive of BATIAS said:
“BATIAS aims to empower people with a learning disability to make informed choices, have their voices heard and their decisions recognised. I’m delighted with the grant from the Lloyds TSB Foundation, which will help the charity continue this work and expand the services it can offer.”
Jude Stevens, Grant Manager for the East of England and London said:
“During 2011, the Foundation awarded £1.6 million to 56 charities across the East of England that work with disadvantaged people to help them play a fuller role in their communities. I hope this success will be replicated in 2012 and urge any charity seeking funding in Thurrock to see if they are eligible for a grant via the Foundation’s website.”