Donation helps local children with learning disabilities learn how to manage money

Integrating Children and Young People (Integrating) has received £5,000 to fund the creation of a community-based money management project for children and young people with learning disabilities living in the Durham City and Chester le Street area.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

Integrating works with over 90 disabled children and young people aged 6-25 to help them experience full and interesting lives through taking part in sport, cultural and leisure activities. This has been shown to assist children and young people in improving and maintaining their emotional wellbeing.

The grant will help the charity to develop a unique money management programme. Participants will learn about budgeting, spending and handling money through leisure activities. The aim is to reinforce skills and teach participants the importance of these practices in everyday life.

Richard Taylor, Chair of Integrating Children and Young People said: “Many disabled children don’t get the chance to manage their own money and never learn the skills to do simple things such as buying a burger. Through the support of Santander we hope to develop and implement a scheme which will benefit young people for many years into the future.”

Kim Telford, Branch Manager at Santander’s Chester-le Street branch said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Integrating Children and Young People, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”


Notes to Editors:

Media Contact
Stephanie Harris at Santander  Email:     Tel: 020 7756 4221
Richard Taylor at Integrating     Email:                       Tel: 07791 800324

About Integrating Children and Young People
Integrating was founded in 2000 and has since helped hundreds of disabled children and young people to develop social lives and friendships through taking part in everyday community based activities. A recent evaluation of the organisation found its work to be extremely effective in improving the emotional health of disabled young people.

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Santander Foundation
The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the Bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity:

  • Explorer: improving people’s knowledge
  • Transformer: supporting skills and experience
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges

Over the last five years, the Santander Foundation has provided £26 million in funding to 13,914 UK charities through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit:

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