Charity awarded grant to provide training opportunities for people with learning disabilities

Midsomer Norton charity, SWALLOW, has been presented with a grant of £2,500 from MAXIMUS Foundation UK to fund the provision of staff to help individuals with learning disabilities develop skills and find employment opportunities.

Beverley Craney, Chief Executive of SWALLOW received the award from MAXIMUS Foundation trustee Samuel Sherlock and Alison McCausland, who also nominated the charity for the grant. SWALLOW provides a range of services, including training and support for individuals with learning disabilities – enabling them to develop skills to help find employment and promote social interaction.

The grant will be used by SWALLOW to fund the part-time provision of an employment support coordinator tasked to help local teenagers and adults with learning disabilities find employment opportunities. The charity operates a successful cafe providing people with learning disabilities with the opportunity to develop skills including cooking and working front of house. The charity also provides a range of services including supported housing, independent living skills training and day activities and social events as well as a range of work experience.

MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015 with a remit of providing grants to local charities and non-profit organisations that support disadvantaged groups - particularly those contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

Marilyn Saunders, Chair of MAXIMUS Foundation UK, said: “SWALLOW provides a really important type of support, which helps people develop interests they might otherwise never know they had. This in turn enables them to develop their skills, and to find employment, which can radically alter a person’s quality of life.”

Beverley Craney, Chief Executive of Swallow, said: “We’re delighted to receive this grant and fully expect a new employment support coordinator to help us build on our success and to help adults and young people realise employment opportunities.”

MAXIMUS Foundation UK has donated £85,000 in grants to charities and community groups in the last year. The Foundation has called for further grant applications from local charities and community organisations.


MAXIMUS Foundation UK

MAXIMUS is a health and employment services business and for more than forty years has worked with governments around the world to provide support to a diverse range of communities. In the UK, MAXIMUS employ 4,000 staff, including more than 2,000 doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and other Healthcare Professionals. Operating from more than 300 locations in the UK, MAXIMUS is one of the largest providers of employment, health and disability support programmes in the country.

Centre for Health and Disability Assessments, Health Management and Health & Human Services are all MAXIMUS UK businesses. In 2015 MAXIMUS entered a Joint Venture partnership with Remploy, the largest provider of disability employment services in the UK.

For further information or comment from Marilyn Saunders, please contact Chris Rogers (020 7793 2536 / 07720 054189 / or Mayar Raouf (020 7463 0698 /