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BIG support for vulnerable families in Digmoor

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North West England
Reaching Communities
Release date:
22 9 2009

Young mums and dads in the Digmoor area will receive a helping hand to ensure they give their children a good start in life through an award of £183,737 announced today by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).  

The money is from BIG’s Reaching Communities programme that supports people most in need and helps build stronger communities.

The Digmoor project, run by Home-Start West Lancashire, will enhance the work it already does with vulnerable young parents in Skelmersdale to develop parenting and play skills so they can support their children’s physical and psychological development. It offers activities including parent and toddler groups, family drop-in sessions, training opportunities and regular physical activities.

The new funding will enable the project to offer a new lunch club and a charity shop that will sell low cost children’s clothes and toys. The lunch club will offer families’ access to healthy eating as well as guidance on cooking on a budget.  There will also be informal sessions on child health and development, exercise and nutrition, establishing daily routines, budget and debt management and finding employment.

Ann Morgan, Scheme Manager at Home-Start West Lancashire, said, “This funding will enable us to dramatically improve and extend the services offered to young hard to reach families with babies and pre school children living in the most deprived area of Skelmersdale. “

Helen Bullough, Big Lottery Fund Head of Region for the North West said: “I am delighted that this project is receiving BIG funding to continue and expand on the great work it does to help vulnerable parents build a brighter future for their families. This project is an excellent example of how the Reaching Communities programme enables local organisations to provide huge benefits for vulnerable people across the North West.”

Further Information

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 020 7211 1888
Out of hours contact: 07867 500 572
Public Enquiries Line: 08454 102030
Textphone: 0845 6021 659

Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  • Under Reaching Communities, the Big Lottery Fund awards grants between £10,000 and £500,000 to projects that offer people better life chances, build stronger communities, develop improved rural and urban environments and improve health and well being.
  • The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out half 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 June 2004. 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 £23 billion has now been raised and more than 317,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.