A SMALL charity for adults with autism and learning difficulties has secured almost £10,000 in funding from the National Lottery.

Birchwood-based Creating Adventures was founded in 2016 by Jenny Allcock in order to bring joy and enrichment to the lives of vulnerable adults through in person and online activities, and currently supports around 45 service users and their families.

The pandemic meant that funding was sparse and those with additional needs were being isolated.

Jenny, 42, said: “We became aware that during lockdown one in two disabled people felt even more lonely and isolated than ever.

Warrington Guardian:

“As day centres closed and activities were placed on hold due to staff being furloughed, I was approached by council representatives and providers to increase the activities offered by Creating Adventures.

“I knew we could touch more lives if we had more resources but we were all at capacity and needed to grow the team, which the funding has allowed us to do.”

The funding has expanded the existing team at Creating Adventures with the appointment of a dedicated community liaison officer in order to help members and grow links with the community.

Activities provided by the charity include a choir, an art club, zumba, a monthly nightclub and annual sports festivals and Christmas parties.

It will also be hosting a Christmas concert on December 16 led by 'crazy choirmaster’ and music and drama teacher Angie Smith.

She said: “This is a choir of amazing, unique individuals enjoying the everyday adventure of singing in a choir and boosting their self-esteem.

“The aim of the concert is to bring warmth and light into the lives of other people, whatever their connection to Creating Adventures.”