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Making the right choices in Banbury

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Published by Sophie Willett for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities

My Life My Choice group members My Life My Choice group members

An award winning charity which transforms the lives of residents with learning disabilities in Banbury, have received a £1,000 boost from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund.

My Life My Choice utilised funds from the leading UK housing provider to help run services they offer to over 500 group members in the community. The charity, founded by people with learning disabilities, encourages members to stand tall in their neighbourhood and overcome limited opportunities.

The charity organises activities that purposely strive to help members improve confidence, combat isolation, improve skillsets, provide advice and make their voices heard. The charity received the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award in October for its on-going contribution.

Over the last 12 months the group has been busy grilling local MPs over challenging issues they face on a daily basis, hiking more than 1,200 miles to raise awareness and setting up a new radio station and nightclub to get social lives buzzing.

The charity turned to Sanctuary Housing as state of the art IT equipment was needed to improve the effectiveness of their regular meeting sessions and progress learning skills.

Bryan Michell, charity coordinator at My Life My Choice, said: “We are all extremely grateful for the kind donation from Sanctuary Housing. We provide monthly sessions and for a long time we’ve wanted to update our equipment but haven’t had the available funds to do so.

“The new equipment will help improve the delivery of our support sessions, while also enabling residents to develop new IT skills that will no doubt benefit them in the future.”

Harj Lota, Sanctuary’s head of local partnerships, added: “It’s fantastic to hear our Grand Ideas Fund has supported such a rewarding charity in the local area. My Life My Choice is a valuable support network for our residents to have right on their doorstep.”

My Life My Choice is one of many community groups across England to benefit from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund.  Now in its third year, the fund offers up to £1,000 to groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of local residents.

The Grand Ideas Fund is open for applications from charities, residents’ groups and voluntary organisations.

The fund is designed to support as wide a variety of projects as possible – from youth activities to the improvement of community facilities.

For details on how to apply, contact Sanctuary’s Community Investment team on 01905 334271 or email community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.

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