£57,775 Lottery win for Pendle

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PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson has welcomed the news £57,775 was awarded by the Big Lottery Fund to local projects in August and September.

Mr Stephenson, who has encouraged local groups to make applications, said: “In just the last four months, projects across Pendle have benefited by a staggering £268,809. This will provide a great boost to the charity and voluntary sector in Pendle.”

The following have had grants in the last two months:

Phoenix Family Support (£5,000). This is a project to pay for a sessional worker to train volunteers to support parents and families through difficult times. The volunteers will provide debt advice, advocacy and parenting strategies and enable the group to provide a supportive network for parents and their families living in Pendle.

Home-Start Pendle and Ribble Valley (£9,800). The group will use funding to develop current and recruit new volunteers, benefiting the organisation and service users. This will enable the group to provide an improved service within the community and develop the skills of volunteers.

Colne in Bloom (£5,976). The group will use funding to improve a roadside area through the removal of shrubs and wild flower planting. This will brighten up a public space enabling residents to enjoy their local area. The award includes funding for shrub clearance, plants, flowers and garden products.

Marsden Heights Community College (£9,600). The school will use the funding to develop an environmental programme which will include creating a Forest School, wildlife areas, community events, staff training and an environmental festival.

North Valley Residents Association (£9,550). This is a project to create a memorial garden with a community cabin in the middle of the housing estate for residents. This will improve the existing overgrown site and provide a green space which the community can access.

Brierfield Action in the Community (£9,789). This is a project to engage a group of young people who are most at risk of committing driving-related offences and offer a safer driving workshop. This will equip vulnerable young people with new skills supporting them to change their attitudes towards road safety and safer driving.

Veterans Association UK (£5,120). This community organisation will use funding to start a veterans’ support group, benefiting ex-service personnel throughout the region. This will enable service users to access information including housing and benefits, along with general support from the group.

In addition to this, two Second World War veterans have received £1,425 each under the Heroes Return scheme. The veterans have been awarded this grant towards travel costs for a commemorative visit to Italy in September this year. Funding has been provided for two Second World War veterans and two carers.

The Big Lottery Fund funds projects connected to health, education, environment and charitable purposes, with a focus on improving communities and the lives of people most in need with 80% of funding going directly to the voluntary and community sector.