Can you help us reach £5000 to launch the Ategi Wellbeing Fund?
Wil came from working in the world of finance and now he works with Ategi as a support worker. Wil is going the extra mile by running the Cardiff Half Marathon to raise funds for Ategi. So far Wil, aged 65, has raised over £500 which will be going towards the launch of the new Ategi Wellbeing Fund. The fund will provide small grants towards helping the people that Ategi support to afford items that will boost their wellbeing and help them to achieve their goals.
Wil says “I didn’t plan to work in social care. It happened after I left my previous job in the world of finance. I just applied for a job that caught my interest, and here I am, 8 years later. Being a support worker is the opposite of working in finance, Ategi is all about caring for people. I really enjoy this work, Ategi has grown on me. I like the idea of an Ategi Wellbeing Fund that will provide direct benefits for the people we support when they are up against so many challenges to move their lives forward.”
With no signs of additional support from Westminster, social care services continue to be underfunded and overstretched. The impact of Covid-19 has left local authorities in a challenging economic position with more uncertainty on the horizon. Consequentially services are often struggling to provide anything more than basic support for adults with additional needs in our local communities. Faced with the rising cost of living, Ategi is predicting a difficult winter ahead for the people they support.
Kate Allen, Ategi CEO says: “The country is facing economic uncertainty at the moment and the people we support are the most likely to feel hardest hit by this. This Wellbeing Fund has been developed to respond to the growing crisis the country is facing, but with the aim of aiding those we support to not just survive, but thrive."
The Ategi Wellbeing Fund is aiming to raise £5000 by January so it can begin providing small grants to people that need it, making a big difference to their wellbeing.
Wil is running the Cardiff Half on Sunday 2nd October, if you want to follow Wil his progress head to the Wizz Air Cardiff Half live tracking website here. Wil's race number is WILLEM 999, you can use this to track his progress.
All money raised by Wil, will go directly into the Ategi Wellbeing Fund. If you would like to donate to Wil and the Wellbeing Fund then head to Wil's Just Giving page.