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The Fermanagh Trust has provided a funding boost for local charity ‘Fermanagh Voluntary Association of the Disabled’ (FVAD).
The grant will go towards expanding the association’s polytunnel project and in particular funding towards a shed for storage and work area for planting etc. Clients will now have access to 3 polytunnels in which to grow vegetables and flowers. It is proving to be a worthwhile project which is creating a range of new and varied opportunities for members and volunteers alike.
Anne Mohan from FVAD said “This grant has provided a real boost for us. Many new skills have been learned and through encouragement and support, many of our members have immersed themselves fully in the project, displaying skills beyond expectations and working beyond their own parameters and perceived comfort zones. We’re very grateful to the Fermanagh Trust for helping allow this work to continue.”
FVAD was set up in 1964 in response to the identification of a major gap in provision for persons with a disability. Their mission statement is ‘To promote the welfare of persons whose lives are affected by disability’.
The organisation has a number of aims and objectives which include provision of training, social events, promoting the acceptance of disabled people as individuals in the community and ultimately to empower those individuals to live worthwhile lives doing all the things that other people take for granted.
Frank McManus, Chairman of the Fermanagh Trust said “We are delighted to be able to assist FVAD. Disabled people face many barriers in life. That’s why it is so good to have an organisation like this which encourages a variety of social, recreational and training activities. This polytunnel project has proven to be very successful so far, with many people willing and eager to participate. We wish them every success with this project and their future plans”.