Disability charity's Lotto win

Disability charity's Lotto win

Disability charity's Lotto win

First published in Local News by

A DISABILITY charity helping people in south Essex has been awarded nearly £300,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Independent charity Dial provides free, impartial, independent advice to anybody with a problem related to disability.

The Basildon and South Essex centre has received funding of £298,898 over three years to support people, provide surgeries at various locations in Essex and continue its home visiting service for those unable to leave the house.

The surgeries and home visits cover Basildon, Thurrock, Castle Point, Rochford and Brentwood, and the charity has plans to extend its services to Southend.

A spokesman for Dial said: “We are so pleased to have been awarded this funding. It will allow us to help even more people, especially those living in rural areas who would otherwise be unable to visit us.

“With the changes to the welfare system, and the financial challenges people are facing, it is even more important they have someone to turn to for free, independent help and advice.”

Earlier this year, Dial’s Basildon office was threatened with reduced services, or possibly closure, after Basildon Council told the charity it would not renew the lease on the office.

Dial has since moved to new premises in Basildon town centre, and will be holding an open day on Saturday, November 16, to promote its services. Members of the public can visit the centre, between 10am and 3pm, to receive advice.

Dial is run by volunteers who are either disabled or in close contact with those with disabilities. They can provide guidance on a number of issues, including benefit entitlement, specialised holidays, clubs, employment and equipment.

For information, call 01268 285676 or e-mail enquiries@dialbasildon.co.uk

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:11pm Fri 25 Oct 13

runwellian says...

Well done, well deserved!
Well done, well deserved! runwellian
  • Score: 1

8:10pm Fri 25 Oct 13

Rich;'Carol says...

All the staff are on wages at D.I.A.L so do you think they deserve this money. Real charities deserve money but never get any, charities like www.cftd.co.uk its a computer charity that's run by real disabled people for the past 18 to 20 years and these disabled people who help disabled kids and families throughout Essex use their personal disability pensions to keep the charity open and running. Now that's what I call a worthy wonderful charity. These dedicated volunteers use up to half of their income on helping others. I have tried to help them and they never get funding which I find disgusting.

I have paid bills for cftd many times and their chairman is a remarkable man and absolutely dedicated to help others leaving himself short of money every week, so I think the big lottery are parasites as this charity got nothing except for a sorry and apply again in a year.
All the staff are on wages at D.I.A.L so do you think they deserve this money. Real charities deserve money but never get any, charities like www.cftd.co.uk its a computer charity that's run by real disabled people for the past 18 to 20 years and these disabled people who help disabled kids and families throughout Essex use their personal disability pensions to keep the charity open and running. Now that's what I call a worthy wonderful charity. These dedicated volunteers use up to half of their income on helping others. I have tried to help them and they never get funding which I find disgusting. I have paid bills for cftd many times and their chairman is a remarkable man and absolutely dedicated to help others leaving himself short of money every week, so I think the big lottery are parasites as this charity got nothing except for a sorry and apply again in a year. Rich;'Carol
  • Score: 0

10:09am Sun 27 Oct 13

Kim Gandy says...

Rich;'Carol wrote:
All the staff are on wages at D.I.A.L so do you think they deserve this money. Real charities deserve money but never get any, charities like www.cftd.co.uk its a computer charity that's run by real disabled people for the past 18 to 20 years and these disabled people who help disabled kids and families throughout Essex use their personal disability pensions to keep the charity open and running. Now that's what I call a worthy wonderful charity. These dedicated volunteers use up to half of their income on helping others. I have tried to help them and they never get funding which I find disgusting.

I have paid bills for cftd many times and their chairman is a remarkable man and absolutely dedicated to help others leaving himself short of money every week, so I think the big lottery are parasites as this charity got nothing except for a sorry and apply again in a year.
Why couldn't they form some sort of merger?
[quote][p][bold]Rich;'Carol[/bold] wrote: All the staff are on wages at D.I.A.L so do you think they deserve this money. Real charities deserve money but never get any, charities like www.cftd.co.uk its a computer charity that's run by real disabled people for the past 18 to 20 years and these disabled people who help disabled kids and families throughout Essex use their personal disability pensions to keep the charity open and running. Now that's what I call a worthy wonderful charity. These dedicated volunteers use up to half of their income on helping others. I have tried to help them and they never get funding which I find disgusting. I have paid bills for cftd many times and their chairman is a remarkable man and absolutely dedicated to help others leaving himself short of money every week, so I think the big lottery are parasites as this charity got nothing except for a sorry and apply again in a year.[/p][/quote]Why couldn't they form some sort of merger? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

4:47pm Mon 28 Oct 13

Rich;'Carol says...

I have just been told off by Mr Harris over my comments about DIAL. Sorry all of you but I thought DIAL had no volunteers and Mr Harris pointed out they do have some volunteers. No offence and I am sorry. Carol..
I have just been told off by Mr Harris over my comments about DIAL. Sorry all of you but I thought DIAL had no volunteers and Mr Harris pointed out they do have some volunteers. No offence and I am sorry. Carol.. Rich;'Carol
  • Score: 0

2:47pm Wed 30 Oct 13

Mickyloo5 says...

I have contacted DIAL on a number of occassions asking for help and advice and have referred a number of people to them for help with claims and appeals. I have always found them to be extremely helpful and very professional. There isn't anyone else that provides this kind of service and I am glad they have achieved their funding.

All the staff and volunteers are a credit to the organisation and I cannot fault them at all.
I have contacted DIAL on a number of occassions asking for help and advice and have referred a number of people to them for help with claims and appeals. I have always found them to be extremely helpful and very professional. There isn't anyone else that provides this kind of service and I am glad they have achieved their funding. All the staff and volunteers are a credit to the organisation and I cannot fault them at all. Mickyloo5
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree