A South Warwickshire charity which supports adults with learning disabilities in achieving their goals and leading independent lives has received a funding boost.

Heart of England Mencap has been awarded £5,000 from the  Foundation to provide additional activities during its day and weekend services.

The charity is based in Stratford but also provides services in Leamington, Warwick and Malvern and is currently supporting 180 adults with learning disabilities aged between 18 and 90.

The day sessions run from Monday to Friday and are filled with a range of activities including music therapy, arts and crafts, hydrotherapy and adapted sports activities. Weekend activities are also held where possible to provide additional support to clients.

The funding from the Foundation is set to help the charity expand the activities it provides.

Cath Errington, fundraising manager at Heart of England Mencap, said: “There are so many activities that we want to do but just can’t afford it, so the grant from the Heart of England Community Foundation will make a huge difference.

“Our aim is not only to provide a support network for our customers, but go over and above to help them live independently, learn new skills and achieve their goals.

“We hold a variety of activities and also have a sensory room. All of those we support are of varying abilities meaning that activities are held both in groups and on a one-to-one basis to meet the needs of each individual.

“The grant will help us provide extra activities and will have a big impact on the lives of the people we support.”

Foundation CEO, Tina Costello, said: “It was excellent to meet with Cath and hear more about the fantastic work being done at Heart of England Mencap.

“We are delighted that this grant will make such a huge difference to the lives of local people, and look forward to hearing more about the activities they have planned.”

To find out more about the Heart of England Mencap, visit: http://heartofenglandmencap.org.uk/