Six voluntary sector organisations have been awarded grants totalling £165,000 to assist residents with sensory needs across Essex.
There are currently an estimated 180,000 people in Essex living with a sensory impairment and the numbers are expected to grow to over 210,000 by the year 2020.
Having the right information, advice, emotional and practical support is essential to enable people with sensory impairments to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
From July, the grants will see the organisations deliver sensory services across Essex to ensure people are provided with this support at the right time, the right place and in the right formats.
Essex County Council and ECL (formerly known as Essex Cares) are already working in partnership with the voluntary sector, as part of the Essex Sensory Community. This community will ensure that there are no gaps in service or access across the county and that services are provided to the same standard across Essex.
Councillor Anne Brown, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate, Communities and Customers said: “In Essex we have a vision of a sensory friendly county, where people with sensory impairments have their needs identified early and lead their lives with the same opportunities and aspirations as other citizens.
A more co-ordinated approach which makes the best use of the voluntary sector is another step towards making that vision a reality.”
Faye Gatenby, Head of Sensory Services at ECL, said: “We are delighted with the outcome of this open grant round and congratulate the successful voluntary organisations.
We know that working together is the way to achieve better outcomes for all and I look forward to developing these partnerships even further over the coming months and years.”