Changing Lives receive vital cash boost from National Lottery

Changing Lives in Harlow celebrates after receiving £16,500 from the National Lottery in response to COVID – 19.

LOCAL community group, Changing Lives in Harlow, is today celebrating after being awarded £16,500 in National Lottery funding to support its work to support the Harlow community.

The group, based in Harlow, will use the cash to support vulnerable families and the Harlow community with a wide range of activities, care packages, online support and more.

Changing Lives in Harlow has been running since 2018. It was founded by David Simmons and Ben Doyle after they both realised that the community was struggling to provide support to local families and their children. Changing Lives supports young people who are in danger of going into gangs and incorporated education and sports related activities.

The project included activities such as singing, dance, football, karate, cricket, tennis, basketball and more. The sessions help the children to make friends, while learning new skills and having fun. While enjoyable, the children are also gaining greater confidence, self-belief and important collaboration skills.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will see us respond to help those families and children most in need during this tough time.

At the same time, the group will be able to [press on with plans to introduce support sessions for the children’s parents. These will help them to build relationships with others experiencing the same challenges and hopefully enable them to develop their own support network.

David Simmons, Co-Director of Changing Lives in Harlow, says: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to press on with our plans to broaden the range of opportunities available to local children with disabilities and their parents. This is important because it helps both the children and the parents to build relationships with others facing similar challenges and to create their own supportive circles of friends and peers.”

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