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'Friendship Club' Faces Closure?

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9:41am 11th November 2014

It's turned her daughter into "a happy, outgoing person" but now the service that helps adults with learning difficulties in Dorset is facing closure.

The Friendship Club is struggling to continue to offer people suffering from learning difficulties the chance to enjoy an active social life because of a lack of funding.

Annette Tru's daughter goes to The Friendship Club and she said: "So many of the adults of the adults have led such an isolated life and this has given them freedom. Freedom to go out and enjoy themselves."

They're holding a charity gifts and crafts fair to try to make ends meet on Saturday 15th November at the United Church in Dorchester from 9:30am-12:30pm.

In the last three years, they've held around 160 events every year with roughly 950 adults with learning difficulties attending.

They're hoping if they can secure new funding then they can begin introducing community led-programmes into the area.

The Friendship Club is run by Dorset People First who also make Easy Read information and run speaking up groups along with The Friendship Club.

In 2010 the charity recieved  £287,126 from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) grant to help it keep going for four years but now that money has run out.   

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