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London young off to better start with Lottery million

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Reaching Communities
Release date:
17 10 2007
More than a million pounds from the Big Lottery Fund is going into some of the city’s most deprived areas today including Plaistow, Barking & Dagenham, Paddington and Harrow & Brent.

The funding is being targeted to help vulnerable families and young people get off to a better start in life. In total £1,302,763 is being awarded from BIG’s Reaching Communities programme and being shared among seven London projects across the capital.

Debbie Pippard, Big Lottery Fund Head of Region for London, said: “The Reaching Communities programme is making a real difference to the lives and wellbeing of young people and families across London. These examples of the latest awards are all about providing support for children and young people, helping them get the best possible start in life and a step in the right direction towards a bright future.”

In Plaistow and surrounding areas, children and young people suffering from mental and emotional distress will be helped to overcome their problems with a £418,196 grant awarded to WHCM. The five-year, Young Forrest – Therapeutic Support for Children and Young People project will work with a selection of local schools to develop and expand existing counselling and support services.

Maureen Keane, Director, WHCM Forrest Counselling, said: “Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, our project will offer direct access to a range of counselling and support interventions for children, young people and their families; in three of the most deprived London Boroughs. Counselling will be provided within primary and secondary schools and supporting this process will be parenting workshops and training for educational staff.

“This will enable parents, carers and school staff to develop vital skills and strategies to support children and young people who are experiencing mental and emotional difficulties, which are impacting on their ability to learn.  We believe that this integrated approach offers the most effective way to help children and young people achieve their personal and educational potential before the issues they are experiencing become long term and enduring.”

Helping families in East London, £90,983 has been awarded to Home-Start Barking & Dagenham to expand its service. The service had previously been working to capacity, meaning it was unable to provide assistance for all the families that came to them in need of help. With this award, Home Start can now recruit and train more volunteers to support parents with children under five years old, through a variety of life situations including isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness or disability.

Ruth Nixon, Co-ordinator, Home-Start Barking and Dagenham, said: “We are delighted to be awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, it now means that we can expand our team. With a new co-ordinator in post we can recruit more volunteers and match them to families who are in need of practical and emotional support in the Borough.  Everyone involved in the Scheme is thrilled about this new stage of development for Home-Start Barking & Dagenham. This exciting opportunity will enable us to move from strength to strength, ensuring that more children in the Borough have the best possible start in life.”

Other groups in London receiving help to promote volunteering include St Luke’s Hospice (Harrow & Brent) Ltd that has been awarded £251,372 to develop and implement a new volunteer recruitment and development strategy; and Wandsworth Voluntary Sector Development Agency that benefits from a £167,493 award to fund its Ready, Steady, Volunteer! project.

Elsewhere, in East London, £50,588 goes to Deafroots Association to fund its two-year Educating and Empowering Project. The project will provide services to increase the confidence and employment prospects of deaf and hard of hearing people, with a particular focus on BME communities.

Getting people fit in West London, The Paddington Development Trust receives £34,283 to fund its Step Up 2 Fitness imitative. Over two-years the scheme will provide free, culturally sensitive and gender specific fitness classes within the Westbourne Ward, which has high levels of Muslims and Arabic speakers.

Finally, the Newbridge Foundation Ltd, has been awarded £289,878 over three-years to support prisoners that have served less than a year, during their first months after release. Support will provide assistance in accessing services and opportunities including education, training and employment.

Further information

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 020 7211 1888
Out of hours contact: 07867 500 572
Public Enquiries Line: 08454 102 030
Textphone:  0845 6021 659
Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the website at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  • The Big Lottery Fund rolls out close to £2 million in Lottery good cause money every 24 hours which together with other Lottery distributors means that across the UK most people are within a few miles of a Lottery-funded project.
  • The Big Lottery Fund, the largest of the National Lottery good cause distributors, has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since its inception in June 2004. It was established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to Good Causes. As a result, over £20 billion has now been raised and more than 280,000 grants given out across the arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.