Lottery grant brings learning on Linkage bus

Sensory learning using an iPad will be offered at a new library run by Linkage at its Toynton All Saints  site, thanks to a Big Lottery Fund grant of  �370,821. ANL-151013-113854001
Sensory learning using an iPad will be offered at a new library run by Linkage at its Toynton All Saints site, thanks to a Big Lottery Fund grant of �370,821. ANL-151013-113854001

People with learning disabilities will be invited to take advantage of a Linkage project bus – thanks to a £370,821 Big Lottery Fund grant.

The charity, which operates one of its three sites at Toynton All Saints, is to set up a multi-sensory library to help young people and adults with education, health or care needs.

It is expected five jobs will be created in the Linkage Sensory Library as a result of the funding from the Reaching Communities programme.

A three-year project, it will kick-start Linkage’s 40th anniversary year in January.

The specially-adapted, fully-accessible project bus will house both a sensory room and digital technology and travel around the county, delivering roadshows and pre-arranged events to Lincolnshire schools, special educational needs (SEN) units and disability/parent carer groups. It can also go to respite care centres and dementia and palliative care centres.

Resources will include tactile story books, Easy Read resources, CDs and DVDs, ultra-violet products, music equipment, mirror balls, interactive bubble tubes, projectors, switch systems, vibrating shapes, light cubes, eye-gaze technology and iPad applications.

Project manager Linda Grant says: “This is such great news for Linkage and people with learning disabilities and other additional needs. Our beneficiaries are often the furthest away from opportunity and employment. So this project gives a massive boost to the resources available to these individuals, so they can become more confident and independent.”

Lyn Cole, England grant-making director for the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Providing people with learning disabilities with access to specialist equipment is a typical example of a project which will make a huge difference to the lives of many.”