Posted: 23rd August 2018

Devon Link Up has been awarded a grant of £3,500 to support their work with people with learning difficulties and Autism.

Speaking Up

Devon Link Up’s aim is to give voices and choices to their members regarding issues that affect their daily lives.

The charity’s Speaking Up groups meet monthly in Newton Abbot, Exmouth, Honiton, Ottery St. Mary, Torbay, Kingsbridge & Plymouth with the aim of giving people the opportunity to discuss current issues, get involved with consultation and to enjoy social activities like skittles, walking, art, music or cinema.

Creating partnerships

Devon Link Up also works with other organisations including Healthwatch Devon, Devon & Cornwall Police and SAFE. SAFE also recently received an MCF grant to develop specialist services for women with learning disabilities who experienced domestic abuse.

Local Freemasons visited Devon Link Up to find out more about their work

When presenting the certificate to Julie Gilpin, the Chair of the Trustees of Devon Link-Up, PGM Ian Kingsbury said “the need to support an organisation that supports people with learning disabilities to have a voice is of paramount importance and has a natural blend with the morals and disciplines which are at the roots of Freemasonry.”

Julie Gilpin said, “We would like to say a big thank you to the Devon Freemasons. As a small charity we are dependent on the support that we receive from donors. Donations like this mean that adults with learning disabilities can have a voice and influence matters that impact their lives.”