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Disabled Living Foundation and Shaw Trust partnership agreed

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF), a national charity providing impartial advice, information and training on independent living for over 40 years, has joined forces with Shaw Trust. The charities will merge at the end of November and DLF will retain its name, identity and staff.

The merger creates new opportunities for both organisations and will see the development of DLF’s essential information, advice and training. For Shaw Trust it enables the charity to develop its advisory services such as information, guidance and sign-posting for those it currently supports – and to a much wider community too. This ranges from its Work Choice clients, to those gaining skills at its social enterprises and the students at schools it sponsors through Shaw Education Trust.

Shaw Trust will be able to therefore provide richer and more all-encompassing support services so more people can have the opportunity for employment, inclusion and independence.

Roy O’Shaughnessy, chief executive of Shaw Trust, said: "Shaw Trust is delighted to form a partnership with DLF. Today’s announcement means that both charities can better target expertise and resources to help more disabled people gain employment. DLF’s knowledge base will also complement our work to empower people facing disadvantage to improve skills and build a better future."

Chris Shaw, chief executive of the Disabled Living Foundation, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for DLF and I look forward to joining forces with Shaw Trust to address support for people who have independent living needs. The partnership will boost advisory services and reach out to more disabled and disadvantaged people. We are also committed to ensuring our trusted face-to-face and online services, which are popular with our clients, continue under the partnership agreement."

1. About Shaw Trust: www.shaw-trust.org.uk

Shaw Trust is a national charity that helps people facing disadvantage into work, gain skills and take control of their futures. Over the past thirty years, the Trust has striven to combine its charitable heart with its commercial brain to provide the very best support to the people it was set up to serve.

Shaw Trust is the largest third sector contractor for the Department for Work and Pensions. It delivers both mainstream (Work Programme) and specialist (Work Choice) employment support schemes across Britain and helps over 50,000 people per year. It also helps people gain skills and into work via a wide range of other activities including education, skills, retail and volunteering as well as health and social enterprise projects.

Shaw Trust employs 1,600 people across over 200-plus locations and has a turnover of £96m per year. It is supported by over 600 volunteers and delivers contracts for eight major funding agencies including the European Social Fund, the Department of Work and Pensions and the Big Lottery Fund. It has a range of have international partners in Australia (Interwork), Poland (Intergracja Foundation) and Romania (Motivation Romania).

2. About the Disabled Living Foundation: www.dlf.org.uk

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) is a national charity providing impartial advice, information and training on independent living since 1969. Its mission is to help people deal with the impact of disability or advancing age and to maintain choice, independence and control over their lives. It does this by giving access to expert advice and impartial information that makes a practical difference to daily life. DLF has a team of 26 whole-time equivalent staff and an income of approximately £1m per annum derived through training and data sales, licensing and fundraising.

3. Further contacts:

Shaw Trust
Leke Sanusi on 07825 512264 and leke.sanusi@shaw-trust.org.uk

Disabled Living Foundation:
Christine Shaw on chris.shaw@dlf.org.uk or 020 7289 6111

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