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Building brighter futures with £10m for England good causes

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Reaching Communities
Release date:
19 2 2013

Children with a severe stammer are to receive specialist support to reach their full potential following the news of a Big Lottery Fund grant today.

Action for Stammering Children (ASC) is one of 48 projects across England to today share in funding of £10m from BIG’s Reaching Communities programme which aims to help those most in need and build stronger communities.

Based at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children in London, ASC will use today’s funding of £385,200 to continue providing specialist help to children from across England who have a chronic and often acute stammer. The project aims to reach those children who are struggling to access or benefit from appropriate treatment locally due to the severity of their condition. Expert support will also be given to families so that parents feel more confident about helping their children deal with their stammering, which can lead to feelings of isolation, frustration, embarrassment, diminished self-worth and poor self-image.

Patrick Tonks, Chief Executive of ASC said: “We are delighted that the Big Lottery Fund has made such a wonderful award to Action for Stammering Children. A stammer can have a devastating impact on a child’s confidence and their ability to do all the normal things that other children take for granted.  It often results in a child being isolated, teased and bullied.

“This award will provide incredible support to our work at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children in London. It will have a huge impact on hundreds of children and young people, ensuring that they are able to access the specialist help and support they need and so changing many lives forever.”

ASC estimates that 1 in 20 children stammer and that it is 3 to 4 times more common in boys than in girls. It is recognised that a stammer can play a significant part in a young person’s ability to achieve their potential and to make their full contribution to society as an adult as it can impair communication skills and conceal intellectual ability. ASC trains speech and language therapists and carries out research into the best therapies.

Other projects to secure BIG funding today include the Sheffield Young Carers Project which receives £143,541 to continue to support carers as young as eight who care for a family member with mental health problems or substance misuse issues. These young carers are faced with the responsibility of washing and dressing a family member, lifting them, administering medication, shopping, cooking and paying bills. The project aims to provide practical and emotional support to enable these young people to focus on their own well-being and raise their aspirations for the future.

In addition, the Red Hen project in Cambridge will respond to families in crisis, support positive parenting and overcome barriers to learning, through its grant of £282,916. The children benefitting from the project will be aged 5-11 with behavioural or special requirements in school, often because of an unstable family lifestyle due to trauma, loss, parental neglect or lack of coping mechanisms. Outreach workers will carry out home visits as well as one-to-one sessions in school, working through issues such as anger management, self-esteem as well as bereavement or dealing with a family member's illness. Peer support is encouraged for parents through activities such as a weekly cookery club.

Nat Sloane, Big Lottery Fund England Chair, said: “BIG is committed to supporting projects that enable children and young people to lead happy and fulfilled lives. Whether faced with a debilitating condition, the burden of caring responsibilities or an unstable family life, we want to improve life for these young people. I am confident today’s £10m investment from our Reaching Communities programme will help pave the way for brighter futures – for children, young people, and indeed adults in need.”

For a full list of today’s projects, click here

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Notes to Editors
• The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
• BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in June 2004 BIG has awarded close to £6 bn.
• The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
• Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £29 billion has now been raised and more than 383,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.