Us in a Bus, a charity which supports people with profound learning disabilities, has been awarded a grant of £15,000. Many of the people they support also have physical or sensory disabilities and find communication a huge challenge.
This grant will be used to help fund two “Interaction Practitioners” who are responsible for providing weekly Interactive Sessions which aim to build confidence and encourage self-expression. The form of these sessions is unique for each beneficiary and the activities are designed to encourage people to communicate in a way that is familiar and natural to them.
The Interactive Practitioners will support 86 people, mainly in the Reigate and Banstead areas, who find it very difficult to communicate and connect with the world around them, the majority of whom do not use words to express themselves.
Victoria Goody, Chief Executive of Us in a Bus said:
“We are very grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their generous donation. Us in a Bus depends on donations and fundraising to enable us to provide our unique services to really make a difference to people who have profound and multiple learning disabilities. I was delighted to welcome Bill Caughie and his fellow Surrey Freemasons so they could see the impact that our work has on people’s lives and the huge importance of their donation.”
Bill Caughie from Surrey Freemasons said:
“We are very pleased to be able to help Us in a Bus, who are doing wonderful work with very vulnerable local people, giving them a chance to communicate in the only way possible for them.”