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Tuesday, 06 August 2013 (3041515)
Community's transformation captured on film
by Henry James


A DECADE after receiving lottery funding, the people of Little Digmoor, Skelmersdale have made a film to show how the money has helped improve their estate.

The community of Little Digmoor were one of 80 across the UK selected in 2003 by Big Lottery Fund to be part of the £50m Fair Share scheme, run by UK Community Foundations (UKCF) through the Fair Share Trust.

The scheme came about when Big Lottery Fund identified that certain parts of the UK were not receiving ‘fair’ amounts of funding because they lacked the resources or experience to put together successful funding applications.

Each Fair Share community in the North West was allocated between £215,000 and £880,000 Lottery cash to use on making improvements to their areas.

A panel of residents was set up in each area and in turn consulted with their communities to decide how to spend the money, supported on the ground by local community foundations and other partners of UKCF.

In Little Digmoor, 2,000 residents benefited from the creation of the Little Digmoor Community Association, which the Big Lottery Fund has said has enhanced the lives of people who live in Little Digmoor by cleaning up and improving their estate. It has also involved residents in decisions about their environment and arranged trips for children.

The project has resulted in a waiting list for housing in the area and a decrease in anti-social activity.

To see their film, visit: http://fstimpact.org.uk/theme/little-digmoor-media-impact-evaluation-116

Kate Stewart, Fair Share Trust director at UK Community Foundations said: “We are delighted to see how local communities, given the time and the resources, can bring about sustainable, positive change.

”Working closely with our members and other local partners, grassroots groups that sometimes didn’t get their fair share of grants were empowered to grow and become key players in their own communities.“






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