FIRST PIGGY BANK AWARDED TO SHOUT
The ELT are delighted to announce that the first Community Piggy Bank grant has been awarded to SHOUT, a community network that provides much needed support and advice for parents of children with disabilities. The group was set up by Joanne Hill from Ewanrigg several years ago and it has gone from strength to strength – with a current membership of over 80.
Joanne who co-ordinates SHOUT says, “We are thrilled to receive the award. It will be used to cover room hire costs enabling us to meet monthly in the Ewanrigg Community Centre for the next 12 months.”
Joanne also says, “The group is also on the lookout for a laptop (new or second hand) to enable us to provide support via Facebook and email for a growing number of parents who find it difficult to physically attend support groups. If anyone has a laptop that they would be willing to donate to the group we would be extremely grateful. Parents say that the specialist advice and support we give them online is much needed and is very difficult to access elsewhere. Having a laptop for the group would make a huge difference as currently I'm trying to co-ordinate the group from my phone.”