A unique support group for disabled people and their carers in Watford has received a welcome boost from a housing association.
Social landlord Thrive Homes, which manages thousands of affordable homes across Hertfordshire, has awarded £500 from its small grants fund to Watford-based charity Disability Recreation Unity Movement (DRUM).
DRUM is a small user-led group which provides activities, services and support for adults with physical and/or sensory disabilities living in South-West Hertfordshire. It is the only service of its kind in the area and is run by a management committee of disabled members and carers.
The cash will help fund the daily activities DRUM offers, including yoga, tai chi, creative crafts, painting, ceramics, sculpture, textiles and sport.
DRUM manager Sarah Sullivan said: “Grants like this help us enormously – they make a huge difference to small local charities such as ourselves.
“We’re really thankful to Thrive – it’s a great idea to have a small grants fund like this which gives support direct to the communities that need it.”
Daryl Pereira, engagement business partner at Thrive Homes, said: “DRUM does some great work in our communities, providing a caring and friendly environment to help disabled people make new friends, share interests, keep active and regain their independence.
“At Thrive, we are keen to promote thriving communities and support projects which improve people’s quality of life, so we are delighted to support this charity’s crucial work.”