Vulnerable people in Lincolnshire to benefit from £60k pot of Lottery cash
Vulnerable people from disadvantaged backgrounds are set to benefit from a pot of Lottery cash worth nearly £60,000.
Eight grants have been awarded to community groups and charities across Lincolnshire from the Big Lottery Fund, with values ranging from £3,000 to just short of £10,000.
Among those receiving cash is St John The Baptist Parish Church Council, based in Lincoln’s Ermine estate, which has been given £9,915 to develop a community choir.
It is hoped the choir will boost the confidence and community pride in people from the Ermine area while teaching them a valuable new skill.
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Age Concern Lincoln will also receive £3,000 to help establish an allotment to be used by elderly men at risk of isolation .
Meanwhile, the Red Dog Film Community Interest Company has been awarded the biggest grant of £9,980 to help recruit volunteers with mental health issues to make films for community groups.
The money will be used towards opening an office space in Sincil Street, Lincoln, to be stocked with computers and film-making equipment.
Red Dog will then host workshops, teaching vulnerable people how to make films to be used by other community groups, like the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
Sam Wardhan, managing director of Red Dog, told the Echo the project would help those suffering with mental health or disability issues improve their confidence .
He said: “Film-making can be a very therapeutic technique for people with mental health issues.
“Anything which requires concentration and focus, challenges people’s abilities and helps them to express themselves is always going to be a helpful tool.
“There’s nothing better than to build a person’s self-esteem than giving them the chance to be useful – and in return for teaching them the skills, they’ll be asked to produce short films for charities and community groups who need them.”
Gosberton Clough and Risegate Parochial Church Council, in South Holland, will also receive £9,000 which it will use to build disabled toilets for its church hall.
Meanwhile, Vitality Exercise for the Over 60s, based in Sleaford, will use the funding to deliver accredited courses for volunteers and teach them how to deliver healthy living workshops and exercise classes.
Mick McGrath, head of the East Midlands region for the Big Lottery Fund, said: “It’s great to see this month’s awards going to projects that are committed to improving the health of both our younger and older generations.”
For more information on how to apply for funding from the Big Lottery Fund, visit www.awardsforall.org.uk or call 0845 410 2030.