A north-east charity recently recognised by the Queen is appealing for volunteers to help raise money to keep it going.
The Disabled Persons Housing Service (DPHS) helps find suitable housing for people who have disabilities of all types, and can help provide advice and fill out application forms to get them into accommodation.
It was recently awarded the Queen’s Voluntary Service accolade, which is given to outstanding contributions made by organisations and charity groups in the third sector.
With only three members of staff, two of whom share a full-time role, the charity relies on funding gained through grants, but says extra fundraisers would go a long way to helping the service to keep running.
The charity has also recently launched two new projects.
The first is Veteran’s Voice, which helps ex-service personnel with disabilities who are looking for housing options.
And the second initiative is called No Place Like Home, which caters for over-65s with disabilities or age-related illnesses.
Shirley Finlayson, manager at the Disabled Persons Housing Service, said: “The majority of our work is home visits.
“We also do a lot of work with delayed discharges.
“We have a short waiting list of only four weeks to see people as well.”
Shirley added: “We keep in touch with our clients, we are the link between them and the landlords.
“From January 1 we have visited 80 people, and we’d see up to 200 people in a year.”
In the year 2017/18, DPHS helped 102 people, up from 89 the previous year, and a rise from 32 individuals in 2014.
Shirley said: “The award itself was a fantastic accolade to receive. “It was an honour, we’re really grateful and it’s something we can put on our applications as well.
“We are always looking for someone to help out.”
Volunteers, especially those savvy with social media, are invited to get in touch with DPHS if they are able to offer their help and anyone who can fundraise for the charity would also be appreciated.
For more details phone 01224 810222.