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£45 million from National Lottery players awarded to community projects across England

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Release date:
5 6 2018

Community organisations across England are celebrating today after being awarded over £45 million in National Lottery funding for the quarter. The money, raised by players for good causes, is being distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Over 2,300 community projects are receiving a share.

These range from social groups for the elderly and isolated, to a surfing project intended to boost young people’s physical and mental health. But while diverse, they share one thing in common – they all have the local community at their heart and are focused on bringing people together to improve lives and provide support.

This includes The Wave Project, based in Dorset, which supports young people to improve their mental and physical health through surfing. The project will receive over £148,000 to deliver a programme of surfing and peer-mentoring, where young people learn to surf through support and guidance from local mentors and professional instructors before becoming mentors themselves.

Joe Taylor, CEO and Founder of The Wave Project, says: “This funding is fantastic news for The Wave Project in Dorset. This money will enable us to plan ahead, secure in the knowledge that we will be able to provide our much needed Surf Therapy programme to more young people for years to come. The impact on young people’s lives in Dorset will be huge and we’re so grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for their continuing support towards improving young people’s mental and physical wellbeing.”

James Harcourt, England Grant Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Whether in a village, town or city, National Lottery funding is helping to make a difference, bringing communities together to help people lead happier and healthier lives.

“It’s wonderful to see the positive impact projects like The Wave Project are making across the country. They are an inspiration to others, showing what great things can be achieved when people work together to tackle the things that really matter to their community.”

Projects included in today’s funding announcement include:

South Birmingham Young Homeless Project in Longbridge which has received more than £485,000 to support people who are homeless or at risk of being without a home, by providing advice on housing, welfare benefits and debt. This will support people to build their skills, wellbeing and resilience to prevent them from becoming homeless. People who already benefit from these services have helped to shape this new project, which aims to benefit an extra 2,800 local people with complex needs over the next five years.

C.A.R.E. in Hereford, which has received £10,000, will provide a transport service for older people who are experiencing isolation, helping them to attend events and appointments. A telephone advice line will also be set up to advise people on benefits, social care and housing. This will bring people in the community together to help tackle issues which matter to them.

Act on it! in Wealden, which has received just over £4,500 to bring young people, who have been excluded from mainstream education, together with older residents based at a local care home to create a book and peer teaching resources. The book will tell the stories of the older generation’s teenage years through a series of role plays and discussions. The aim is to build positive intergenerational relationships and reduce social isolation.

The Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle and Gateshead, which has received almost £190,000 to run a volunteer programme for the exhibition that enables local people to boost their skills, knowledge and experience. The programme will offer volunteers a range of support, such as bite-sized training sessions, advice clinics, workshops led by business leaders, and visits to established and growing North-East companies.

St Nicks in York, which has received over £300,000, will offer ecotherapy to local adults experiencing mental ill health. Ecotherapy is a programme of green activity that boosts mental health through building connections with the outdoors and nature. People will also receive tailored one-to-one mentoring to help reduce their stress levels, anxiety and depression, and improve their self-esteem, confidence and resilience.

See a full list of projects

Last year the Big Lottery Fund awarded almost £713 million and supported almost 14,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

Claire Fudge:
Claire.Fudge@biglotteryfund.org.uk or 0121 345 8856
Press Office: 020 7211 1888
Out of hours media contact: 07867 500572

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The Big Lottery Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help communities achieve their ambitions. From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, our funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 we have awarded £8.5 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people.