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DIAL ‘L’ for Lottery as BIG grants come to Selby

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Yorkshire and the Humber
Reaching Communities
Release date:
18 5 2010

Celebrations are taking place at Selby and District DIAL and Cliffe Pre-school today as the Big Lottery Fund announces grants to help them continue and improve their vital work in the community.

The Selby good causes are sharing close to £400,000 from BIG’s Reaching Communities programme, which aims to improve communities and the lives of those most in need.

Selby and District DIAL receives £344,445 to continue and expand its free advice, help and support service for disabled people for a further five years. The service provides help with applying for benefits, equipment advice and guidance on any aspect of living with a disability. Individual and group support will be offered through workshops, mentoring and counselling.

A new mentoring scheme will be introduced to offer voluntary opportunities to disabled people who want to help others come to terms with disability, by providing practical and emotional support. An outreach service will also be introduced in Tadcaster for people who find it difficult to travel to Selby, as well as a home visits for those who are housebound.

Karen Williams, Selby and District DIAL Service Co-ordinator, said: “Thanks to this grant from the Big Lottery Fund, disabled people, their families and carers in the Selby area will continue to have access to free, impartial advice, help and support.  

“The money will be used to provide a number of services including benefit checks, form-filling, representation at tribunal, home visits, outreach sessions, support groups, signposting and information.  Over the five years of the project we expect to help over 2,500 disabled people and their families.”

In nearby Cliffe, £49,164 has been awarded to Cliffe Pre-school to commission a new prefabricated building to be used purely for childcare services, enabling the school to extend its opening hours to between 8am and 6pm, five days a week, 48 weeks a year. The new building will be made fully accessible with up-to-date kitchen facilities.

Children aged 2-11 will benefit from the extended services. A range of activities will be on offer such as a preschool with learning through play activities such as skipping, basic reading and writing, sculpture, crafts activities, identifying numbers and counting.

Children currently in school will also be able to access a new breakfast club and an afterschool club where activities include homework help, arts and crafts, outdoor play, nature study and environmental learning. The organisation will also offer a holiday club which will be open from 8am to 6pm during the school holidays, with activities broadened to cover a whole day.

Claire Smith on behalf of Cliffe Pre-school, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Reaching Communities is supporting Cliffe Preschool.  Independent premises will allow us to establish extended childcare services within the local rural community, supporting families, providing employment opportunities and improving community cohesion.”

Vanessa White, Big Lottery Fund Head of Region for Yorkshire and The Humber, said: “Today sees the Big Lottery Fund investing almost £400,000 to support two good causes in the Selby area. Whether it’s providing vital support to assist disabled people or better childcare for local children, both projects will make a real difference to the lives of local people.”

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 £24 billion has now been raised and more than 330,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.