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Monday, 11 January 2016 (3074473)
Lottery grants help to boost local projects
by Ollie Cowan


THE BIG Lottery Fund has helped boost a number of Southport based community groups to the tune of £30,000.

Three groups in the resort each took a £10,000 share of the grant by the Big Lottery Fund to help contribute to their efforts helping support individuals in Southport

Beacon Enterprise CIC, Red Rose Carriage Driving and St Philip's Church of England Primary School were given the funding along with 100 other community groups across the North West.

Beacon Enterprise will use the funding to provide a range of enrichment activities such as street dance, photography, DJing, football to young people to supplement and enhance their formal skills training.

This will improve the life chances of participants by providing them with the motivation to engage in formal training and boost their confidence and self esteem.

Red Rose will use the funding to purchase additional equipment for their newly established riding school.

This will enable more people with learning and/or physical disabilities to access physical and social activities, thereby alleviating concerns of the beneficiaries becoming isolated which can lead to low levels of confidence, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and other mental health problems.

Meanwhile St Philip's Primary will use the funding to create an outdoor space on school grounds.

This facility, and the sessions they will run from it, will enable the organisation to develop social and behavioural skills of pupils through increased interaction, self confidence and the opportunity to learn and play with others.

This will address local social issues relating to negative attitudes that cause children to underachieve academically, professionally and socially.

Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund, England Grant Making Director, said: “Whether it's giving carers the chance to develop fantastic new skills, providing a safe haven for those experiencing trauma or giving vital support to those suffering with life changing injury, these projects will make a huge difference to the lives of many people.

”They are excellent examples of people working together, often as volunteers, to support others in their community to build on the skills they have and reach their potential.“






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