Harlow Stroke Group gets massive cash boost from lottery

Health / Mon 12th Oct 2015 at 03:01pm

FIFTY community projects across the East of England, including projects in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk will be helping local people improve their communities after the Big Lottery Fund awarded a total of £1,413,150 to the region.

Below are a few examples of some of the projects and a full list of today’s awards is attached.

YMCA Suffolk in Lowestoft has received £367,358 to develop its existing project and expand its services throughout the area to support vulnerable and challenging young people, and provide a safe place for them to socialise and learn. Activities will include cooking, arts, crafts, sports, movie nights and workshops on sexual health, drugs and mental health. There is also a homework club, opportunities for young people to train as mentors and support for parents and carers.

Frontline Partnership in Brentwood has received £109,634 to build on a successful project where adults with learning disabilities deliver drama workshops to children in four local primary schools. This helps reduce stigma and build tolerance and acceptance in the children. At the same time this helps the adults feel less isolated and vulnerable, and improves their social and employment skills. The project will focus on hate crime and building an inclusive society, and is looking to work in future with Essex Police to plan workshops.

Harlow Stroke Support Group has received £262,027 to further develop its project providing information, friendship, training and support to stroke survivors, carers and their families, to help people live a full and active life. Services will be rolled out to hospitals and GPs to support people immediately after discharge and help reduce anxiety and isolation. There will be home visits and group sessions, with information on nutrition, support with speech and communication, social groups and visits. There will also be an annual public awareness day.

Dhiverse based in Peterborough and Cambridge has received £276,427 to develop its project to provide adults with a learning disability or difficulty with the skills, knowledge and information they need to make effective decisions about personal and sexual relationships. This will include issues like recognising abusive and unhealthy behaviour, managing conflict, understanding and communicating choices and maintaining healthy relationships. There will also be workshops for parent and carers to promote awareness and understanding.

The Base Community Trust in Norwich has received £10,000 to deliver a programme of anger management workshops to local schools, youth groups and youth organisations, as well as establish a base for additional referrals. This will help young people to understand the risks of anger, how to identify it and how to take steps towards managing it. It will also help them understand empathising with others and the consequences of negative actions, to improve wellbeing and reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour.

Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund, England Grant Making Director, said: “Whether it is supporting young people to overcome mental health issues or doing valuable work with people with learning disabilities, these projects will make a huge difference to the lives of many. These projects are excellent examples of people working together to help others in their community including supporting them to attain the skills they need to realise their potential.”

Today’s awards have been made through the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All and Reaching Communities programmes. Awards for All provides grants between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations and Reaching Communities awards larger grants of £10,000 and above for more long term projects.

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