Lasting Change

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    Rights for disabled people

    We were the first major grant maker to recognise that disabled people in Britain were prevented from participating fully in society. Our work to address this contributed to a huge change in government policy (1995 Disability Discrimination Act) and a new set of long-overdue rights for disabled people in the UK.

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    Land rights

    In 1996, a landmark legal case ruled that land, seized under apartheid in South Africa, be returned to the people of Elandskloof. We’re proud to have played a part in that momentous case by helping to fund the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa which, along with the Surplus People project, represented the community.

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    Elder abuse

    Elder abuse, tragically, does happen behind closed doors. To highlight the issue, we worked with the BBC to make a drama called ‘Dad’. Then, together with the Department of Health, we funded the first ever elder abuse prevalence study which led to the government implementing new procedures to protect older people.