Bridgend learning disabilities charity handed cash boost
11 October 2021
A Bridgend charity which fights for the rights of people with learning disabilities has been boosted by a £1,000 donation.
People First Bridgend, based in Aberkenfig, has received the money from us as part of our Community Champions initiative, which sees 64 good causes across Great Britain awarded up to £1,000 every month.
The small charity advocates for the rights and entitlements of adults with learning disabilities and autism across the county. Adam Kurowski Wakeford at People First Bridgend said: “This money from Persimmon is a wonderful boost.
“Many of the people we work with are vulnerable and experience limited life opportunities, in part because of their disability, but also due to societal perceptions and expectations of people with learning disabilities in-general. This is what we aim to change. We teach these people self-advocacy, helping them to find and use their own voice to speak up for what they want from those tending to their care and support needs, and to improve statutory services. When they can’t do this themselves, we step-up and represent them to make sure their views and decisions are listened to.
“We rely on our local authority for funding, and we are the only independent organisation that represents our client group in Bridgend County. Donations help us build our reserves and continue our important work should we lose our funding. A huge thank you to Persimmon Homes.”
Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “We are delighted to be able to support People First Bridgend in its important work. "We’re committed to helping good causes in the areas in which we work and this is just another example of that. We’re currently selling stunning new homes at our Tir y Bont development, which is the final phase of a five-year house building project at Parc Derwen."