News News Teamwork Trust celebrates its National Lottery funding National Lottery Funding 20th September 2018: New members of staff, more volunteering opportunities, greater community involvement and an even bigger impact on the lives of vulnerable adults – that’s what Teamwork Trust is able to deliver thanks to National Lottery funding. Teamwork Trust – a Northamptonshire charity which supports adults with mental health needs, learning and physical disabilities – celebrated its £500,000 National Lottery grant during a special event on Thursday 20th September. During the celebration – which took place simultaneously across the charity’s three centres in Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough – staff, trustees, volunteers, members, local dignitaries and Teamwork Trust supporters learned how the three-year funding boost will enable Teamwork Trust to begin its exciting ‘Making a Service User Strategy a Reality’ project. John Bruce, strategic director Teamwork Trust said: “We have huge plans for how the National Lottery funding will be used to help us support some of the county’s most vulnerable adults even better. “Some of the funding will be used to develop better processes for our service-users to participate in the future planning of our services, and enable us to create new and improved pathways for individuals to progress into employment or education to become valued members of society. Our plans to grow our workforce is key, and will result in greater partnership working and better choice for those with mental health challenges, learning difficulties, physical and sensory disabilities in the community too.” Teamwork Trust has made incredible progress over the last 18 months as it pioneers new ways for local charities to provide social care services – winning awards and recognition on a local and national level. John added: “It has been quite a year for Teamwork Trust, we are seeing rapid growth as a charity and our approaches are continually recognised by key organisations and political influencers, despite operating at a time when the traditional funding streams we rely on are at their most vulnerable. “A society is judged on how it cares for its most vulnerable, so as a charity that provides vital social care services, we are mindful to improve the rights of those who are vulnerable in our communities. The National Lottery boost means we will be able to do more positive things to make our voice heard in relation to upcoming government proposals, to change the lives of more people for the better. New posts – building a bigger workforce at Teamwork Trust Five new staff positions will now be created at Teamwork Trust, thanks to the National Lottery funding. Two Engagement Officers Part of their role will be to work with members to promote self-management and provide support and encouragement for each individual’s care and progression plans. Generating more partnership opportunities with key organisations such as Mental Health Northants Collaboration (MHNC) and VoiceAbility – an organisation which supports people who face disadvantage or discrimination – is also planned. Project Officer The project officer will be responsible for reviewing programmes and designing long/short term service offers. They will write and implement delivery plans and report and measure progression too. Volunteer Coordinator This role will develop processes and volunteering opportunities at Teamwork Trust and in the community. Administrator To provide vital administration support for the ‘Making a Service User Strategy a Reality’ project. Keep an eye on this website and on social media for all our funding updates on how this lottery funding is benefiting Teamwork Trust and the wider community.