Local people with learning disabilities and autism will be helped to manage their financial affairs thanks to a grant from South Wales freemasons. The grant of £4,688 to Advocacy Matters (Wales) will pay for an independent advocate, who will work to support clients with learning disabilities by helping them to manage their income and expenditure. This might include ensuring that all the correct benefits are being claimed, budgeting, setting up Direct Debits for regular bills and other practical measures.
Advocacy Matters (Wales) exists to protect the rights and choices of individuals with a learning disability and autism. The charity provides a free and confidential service and accepts referrals on any issue that affects the person’s quality of life. Advocacy Matters (Wales) have retained the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark since its introduction in 2009.
The grant from South Wales freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.