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Adult learning finds a new home with help of Lottery grant

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East Midlands
Awards for All England
Release date:
6 10 2009

A new adult learning centre is to be created at a Mansfield primary school after it received £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme. The project is one of 29 in the East Midlands receiving a total of £208,334 from the latest round of awards, announced today.

Forest Town Primary School in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire receives £10,000 to renovate an old school building and make it into an adult learning centre for parents from areas of deprivation. The project will aim to help them develop skills to be able to assist their children at home, and also help them find work.

Headteacher Garry Ineson said: “There is a need in the community for some sort of training, whether giving adults an aim in life or building confidence with new skills. Some parents are put off going to Further Education as they will have to travel, but if we can put something on here, they will come. We have done this in the past in classrooms, but of course that meant we could only do it at certain times. By refurbishing the former caretaker’s house, we can provide it during the day or in the evenings, as it is a self-contained unit.

“The refurbishment will be completed this term and will be able to hold classes by the spring. Initially, classes will be based around parents and their children, such as Christmas-card making. But within the next 12 months, the ultimate aim is to provide training, not only to give parents expertise in an area, but also possibly a qualification by working with West Nottinghamshire College. The grant is crucial to helping us achieve something that will make a significant difference, as we will have on our doorstep a facility to support lifelong learning. Education doesn’t have to end when you leave school.”

Mick McGrath, Head of Region, Big Lottery Fund East Midlands said: “Forest Town Primary School is developing a project that will benefit parents and pupils alike: by encouraging parents to come in and support their child’s schoolwork, and then perhaps going on to get a qualification, it will have a knock-on effect. It’s a pleasure to be able to support it and 28 other projects in the region, which share in more than £200,000 in grants this month.

BIG’s Awards for All programme launched on 1st April this year and, with £45million to distribute across England, it is the Fund’s biggest-ever commitment to a small grant scheme supporting community projects. The scheme offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to social and environmental projects that will benefit local communities and make a difference to the lives of those most in need.

Further Information

For more information on this release, please contact Alica Clyde on 07974 103556or by email at aclyde@paratuscommunications.com
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

  • Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. You can apply to Awards for All only if you are a community group, not for profit group, Parish or Town Council, health body, or school.
  • Grants ranging from £300 to £10,000 are available to fund a specific project or activity.
  • 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.