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Funds plea for Solihull charity

Vital funds are rapidly drying up for a charity which helps adults with learning difficulties

Lorely Burt
Lorely Burt

Vital funds are rapidly drying up for a charity which helps adults with learning difficulties.

Staff and volunteers at Solihull Action through Advocacy, which has been a registered charity since 1995, are so desperate for extra cash that they have called on local MP Lorely Burt to back their plight.

The Olton-based charity works to improve the quality of life for people with learning disabilities by enabling them to speak up for themselves and influence decisions made about their lives.

“Demand for our service is growing and we need the funds to match this demand,” said the charity’s chief officer Debbie Powell.

“I have worked for the charity for 10 years and I would say this is the most worrying time. I don’t think any charity can say that its future is certain.

“We provide a vital service and it’s a service that would be greatly missed by the community if we could not continue.”

The charity’s main source of funding comes from the borough council and the Big Lottery, which comes to an end in June.

Debbie said the charity, which looks after about 300 clients, is keen to raise more awareness of its work and encourage more volunteers and donations.

MP Lorely Burt said she is ‘exploring all avenues’ to help the charity.

“This charity does a wonderful job in defending the rights and interests of people with learning disabilities in Solihull.”

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