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Lloyds Bank Foundation donates £75,000.
With a grant from the Lloyds Bank Foundation BASIC will be used to help prepare brain injury patients to return to work through developing tailored action plans, negotiating return to work strategies, providing coaching and assisting with job applications and interviews.
Phillip Johnson, Vocational Work at BASIC, said: "We are delighted to be a recepient of a Lloyds Bank Foundation grant over the next three years. Helping people back into work following a brain injury, received through a road traffic accident or a stroke for example, is a time consuming process but one that is vital to help people regain some independence and quality of life. In a society where we are often defined by our occupation, being out of work can have a signficant setback on an indivudal's recovery and mental well-being. Before our vocational project, many of our clients simiply lost thier jobs after their injury. With this grant, we are now able to provide focussed and specialist support and work with employers to get people living with brain and spinal injuries back into work."
Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, said: "Cuts to public funding and changes to comissioning mean specialist local charities are struggling to stay afloat despite increasing demand for their services. Funding from grant makers such as Lloyds Bank Foundation can be a lifeline for many such small charities. We are pleased to get this new year off to a great start by supporting BASIC, whose work in the community is invaluable. We will be working even more closely with all the charities we support in 2017 to make sure their voices are heard."
Small and medium-sized charities play a critical but often unseen role, offering specialist support to those facing the greatest disadvantage in a way that bigger charities, businesses and the public sector often cannot. Funding from independent grant making organisations, such as Lloyds Bank Foundation, are vital to the survival of many specialist local charities who have previously relied on income from government and councils.