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Disability charity calls for more volunteers as part of 40th anniversary celebrations

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The Weston and North Somerset Disability Information and Advice Line (DIAL) is celebrtating its 40th anniversary.

In doing so, it is calling on more volunteers to get involved in its work to help people in the local area.

As an organisation, it sets out to provide free, impartial information and support to disabled people, their families, carers and voluntary organisations.

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According to the Weston Mercury, the charity, which is based in Walliscote Grove Road, helps about 600 people a year, but volunteers have seen an increase in demand for its services over the past two years.

It offers welfare and financial help to people who receive Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) from the Government.

A celebratory dinner was held at The Grove Restaurant on November 6, which was attended by service users, Dr Paul Phillips, the principal and chief executive of Weston College, Weston’s former MP Brian Cotter and its current mayor Mark Canniford.

The report detailed how funding is a struggle as the group manages on around £5,000 a year and is run entirely by volunteers.

Volunteer Jill Hopkins, who is disabled, told the Mercury: “It was a lovely day and seeing some old faces, some from the very beginning, was special The amount of people getting turned down for PIPs now is mind boggling.”

Adding: “We do struggle for funding and we hope to find enough to keep us going. I think because we approach our work through a disability perspective, we understand the issues people are going through and can work to help them.”

Anyone interested in volunteering with DIAL or donating to the charity can call 01934 419426 or email mail@westondial.co.uk

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