Media Release: New trust to offer new experiences

A TRUST which aims to enable Aberdeen people with learning disabilities to experience activities in their community has just been set up.

Community Activities Trust – CAT – will supply financial help to suitable applicants so they can participate in activities they would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience.

The activities can be anything from swimming lessons to sky-diving, art classes to visiting a museum, attending a football match to being an active participant in a club. The CAT Fund hopes to be able to provide grants to make these experiences possible.

CAT will be supported in its initial years through funds from Aberdeen City Council (Social Work) and the money provided will be available to applicants in two types of grant: one for individuals on low income who would not otherwise be able to afford the experiences.  These grants will be up to around £50 a person.

The second type of grant is available to organisations to arrange experiences for several individuals or to venues in the city to make them more user-friendly for people with learning disabilities.

These grants will vary in size depending on the numbers being supported.

Tom Cowan, head of Adult Services, Social Care and Wellbeing at Aberdeen City Council, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Community Activities Trust.

“The trust is a key component in the transformation of learning disability day services within the city – which is about bringing genuine choice and opportunity to individuals – and they will greatly enhance this by ensuring that individuals and groups will have access to resources which can be used creatively and innovatively.”

The trust will be launched at Transition Extreme Sport, Links Road, Aberdeen at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 6 when the first beneficiaries will have the opportunity to experience the activities on offer.

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