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Lottery funding announced for DLF's advice website 'Living made easy'

31st March 2010

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) has been awarded funding from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) towards its online advice and information portal, Living made easy (www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk). The website provides older and disabled people and their families and carers with expert, impartial information and advice on thousands of items of daily living equipment.

The project received £182,741 from the Big Lottery Fund to enable DLF to complete development of the site well ahead of its original plan. Living made easy currently contains advice and information on areas such as bathing aids, children's equipment, kitchen gadgets and stairlifts and, with this funding, will grow to include other areas such as toileting, eating and drinking and communication aids to become a 'one stop shop' for anyone seeking independent advice on daily living aids. DLF will also be able to continue to offer telephone support for those without access to the internet through it’s national Helpline.

Steve Hawe, DLF’s Head of Marketing & Fundraising who developed the bid, commented: "We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Fund for Living made easy. It means we are better placed to satisfy the increasing need for information on equipment that can help older and disabled people to continue to live independently in their own homes for longer."

Living made easy is also funded by the Department of Health, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, and industry and charitable supporters including The Freemasons Grand Charity, The John Ellerman Foundation, Home Retail Group, B&Q, Nottingham Rehab Supplies, Tunstall, Arjo, Mangar International, Mountway, Kingkraft, AKW MediCare, Theraposture, Stannah Stairlifts, Kirton Healthcare, Days Healthcare, Hill-rom, Centromed UK and co-operative Xest.

DLF has been certified as a quality provider of health and social care information by The Information Standard – a new certification scheme for health and social care information launched by the Department of Health at the end of 2009.

Notes for editors

Living made easy was shortlisted for the Charity Times Awards 2009 in the Best Use of the Web category and in the Independent Living category for SustainIT's eWell-Being Awards 2009.

About DLF

  • DLF is a national charity, celebrating its 40th anniversary
  • For help and information about equipment and gadgets to make daily life easier, visit DLF’s impartial advice website ‘Living made easy’™ www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk
  • If you do not have internet access you can call the DLF helpline on 0300 999 0004 (10am-4pm Monday-Friday) and DLF’s experienced advisors will help you find the solution to your problem
  • If you would like to try out daily living equipment for yourself under the guidance of a qualified therapist, you can visit DLF's London Demonstration Centre with hundreds of items on display 

For further information
Contact: Hugh Dobie, Marketing Officer, DLF, Tel: 020 7289 611 ext 2111, Email: hugh.dobie@dlf.org.uk

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