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Big Lottery funding for region's good causes

Three good causes in East Anglia are to share more than £724,000 in lottery funding.

Age Concern North Norfolk, in Sheringham, will receive £175,611 from the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme.

The charity will use the money to train volunteers to visit and support isolated, unwell and vulnerable older people.

Ipswich Disabled Advice Bureau has secured £263,838 to support about 1,000 disabled people.

It wants to improve their overall health and wellbeing as well as help them to feel less isolated.

And the Norfolk Deaf Association (NDA) has received £284,991 to improve the quality of life for people who wear hearing aids. The project aims to work with more than 27,000 older people.

Lottery boost for health and social projects

Ten schemes in East Anglia will share £2.3 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund (Big). They include support projects for those with terminal illnesses and emotional problems. The money comes from a pot of £17.6 million from Big's Reaching Communities programme.

The Centre For All Families Positive Health (CAFPH) in Bedfordshire will use its £290,000 grant to create a safe environment for young people to address the stigma of HIV, receive mental health support, discuss medication or treatment and take part in activities that will increase their self-esteem.

Juliet Reid, director of CAFPH, said:

"With this grant we can work with young people to address issues of isolation, stigma, and family support and create a safe environment where young people can feel safe to discuss issues around HIV and their fears.

Our aim is to improve the confidence, self-esteem and self-worth for young people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, tackling issues of stigma so that these young people live a normal and enjoyable life."

Big has also awarded funding to Essex County Council's Brighter Future project. It will use its £279,157 award to support vulnerable young people over the age of seven to improve their emotional wellbeing and future prospects.

About 675 people in West Suffolk and South Norfolk will also benefit from the £431,212 awarded to St Nicholas' Hospice to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of terminally ill patients and their families by increasing access to 24-hour home-based care.

Age Concern Peterborough will use its £67,036 of funding to deliver fitness sessions to older people in the hope of reducing falls. Instructors will lead groups in pilates, yoga, armchair aerobics and bowling.

Big has also awarded £290,008 to the Community Resettlement Support Project which works across the East of England, £373,471 to Great Yarmouth Refugee and Outreach Support, and £46,814 to Leonard Cheshire Disability, in Tendring.

The Pre-School Learning Alliance which works in Breckland, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, North Norfolk, Norwich and South Norfolk secured £497,593. Honington And Sapiston Village Hall received £30,000 and the South Creake War Memorial Institute received £20,800.


Lottery fund cash to prevent tenants falling into debt

Social housing tenants in Norfolk are to benefit from around £1.5m Big Lottery Fund grant aimed at preventing vulnerable people falling into debt.

Norwich's Cotman Housing Association is to receive £974,950 from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG), while Great Yarmouth's Community will receive £574,678.

The cash is part of a multi-million pound project aimed at preventing the most vulnerable people living in social housing across the East of England from falling into the debt trap.

The projects will support by promoting access to mainstream financial products.

Funding of £31.7 million has been shared between 37 projects helping vulnerable people living in social housing across the country.

Lottery cash for local projects

About £1.3 million in funding has been awarded to five projects across the region as part of the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme.

Among the organisations to benefit from funding are Chelmsford-based The Wilderness Foundation UK.

Courses aim to boost the wellbeing of disadvantaged young people from urban areas through nature-based activities. It has received £120,000 to run six week courses for young people living in Essex and East London which

Among the others awarded funding were the Open Youth Trust in Norwich, which received £299,841 to develop an out-of-hours youth service.

Norwich-based Julian Support Limited was awarded £274,468 to deliver a therapeutic programme for people in Norfolk with severe and enduring mental health problems.