Lottery funding boost for groups from schools and clubs to a lifeboat
PUBLISHED: 08:27 28 May 2015 | UPDATED: 08:27 28 May 2015
A batch of charitable groups have been given a boost in the latest round of Lottery grants.
Life-changing charities, volunteer-run clubs, schools and small scale community groups are celebrating after 86 projects across the East of England, several in and around Norwich, won a share of nearly £700,000 of Big Lottery Fund money.
Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School in Cottinghams Drive, Norwich, scooped £10,000 to create an outdoor, all-weather play facility for the wider community as well as pupils.
George White Junior School in Silver Road, Norwich, will spend £4,600 to offer family learning classes, putting on lessons in life skills, maths and English for parents during school holidays.
The aim is to improve the skills of the local community, encourage parents to better engage with the school, and “develop positive attitudes towards learning”.
Our region’s lottery winners
Beccles Unit 554 of the Sea Cadet Corps £9,983
Broome Adventure Playground £9,362
Whissonsett Parish Council £800
Bressingham Primary School £5,793
Park Radio Ltd £9,825
Wattisfield Community Centre & Recreation Ground £10,000
Fakenham Infant and Nursery School £9,995
Hawk and Owl Trust £9,800
Spiritual Crisis Network (SCN) £9,985
GY Artistic Roller Skating Club £9,998
Willow Tree Garden £9,998
Open Trails £9,995
Hemsby Lifeboat £9,990
Great Yarmouth Arts Festival CIC £8,575
Centre 81 Limited £10,000
Sing Your Heart Out West (SYHOW) £9,995
The Bridge for Heroes Limited £3,302
The Excelsior Trust £4,064
Respect4us CIC £10,000
The Aylmerton Village
Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School £10,000
George White Junior School £4,600
The Nancy Oldfield Trust Limited £7,705
Reepham High School and College £10,000
Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue £9,850
Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust £2,371
Home-Start Great Yarmouth & District £9,946
Ingworth Parish Council £9,305
Necton VA Primary School £4,654
Methwold Parish Council £8,200
£9,800 for the Hawl and Owl Trust
The Nancy Oldfield Trust received £7,705 for first responder defibrillators at their Neatishead base, while Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue gets £9,850 to buy rescue equipment and train up more volunteers and members.
Respect4us CIC, Aylmerton Village Hall and Reepham High School and College receive £10,000 each, the latter planning to spent its grant on a diversity project. Just over, £2,300 goes to Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust for a kick wall and basketball hoop on the field, and Ingworth Parish Council gets £9,305 for new playground equipment in the village.
On the east coast, Great Yarmouth and District Home-Start received £9,946 to extend the reach of its existing work.
Chair of trustees Ann Keable said the cash will not only keep the vital service running but see it expand towards Stalham in north Norfolk and into parts of Waveney and Broadland, meaning parents of children under five can access the charity’s volunteer home visiting service.
The service sees trained volunteers spend a few hours with families helping with anything from emotional support for first-time mums to practical help such as accompanying parents to doctor’s appointments.
“Sometimes people are suffering from post natal depression, or they need help following a multiple birth, other people are having difficulty managing after becoming a parent for the first time,” said Mrs Keable.
“It’s not easy. For some it can be a struggle to manage a household budget with a growing family. Our volunteers will go into a family home and help however they can and that support, just two hours a week, can be vital.”
Also benefiting is Great Yarmouth Arts Festival, Spiritual Crisis Network (SCN), GY Artistic Roller Skating Club, Willow Tree Garden in Yarmouth, Open Trails, Hemsby Lifeboat, and disability charity Centre 81.
Local projects can find out how to bid to funding, from £300 to £10,000, online at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/englandwebinars.
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