West Country receives National Lottery grant money for distribution across 249 community projects and organisations...

THE WEST Country is receiving £4.6 million of National Lottery money in the latest round of grants, which is being distributed across 249 community projects and organisations.

In total, 60 community projects in Devon – ranging from a summer holiday activity club to a village hall refurbishment – are receiving a share.  Key towns and cities to receive funding include Exeter, Plymouth and Totnes.

D’Arts in Central Devon is one of the projects involved – it will be receiving just over £4,500. The project will train people living with learning disabilities to help with the planning and running of a weekend music and arts festival.

The project aims to allow people to develop practical, creative and communication skills as well as build their self-confidence.

The Big Lottery Fund has also announced £2 million of National Lottery funding awarded to 73 community projects in Somerset ranging from gardening sessions to supporting young people’s mental health, including:

* Hartcliffe Health and Environment Action Group in Bristol – £446,697.00 to develop a walk-in hub for the local community to have better access to advice, support and local services.

* Story Roots in South Somerset – £9,600 for their project ‘Story Share’. The funding will be used to run story sharing workshops for older people with dementia.

* Voices in Bath – £9,938 for their counselling service for women who have experienced domestic violence.

£888,000 was awarded to 46 community projects in Cornwall, ranging from beach safety training to table tennis equipment, including:

* St Catherine’s Church of England Primary School – £4,500 for its Chicken Club, allowing children to learn how to keep chickens and boost their mathematical skills.

* Beach Clean Network Limited – £9,540 for their project #2minutebeachclean, which encourages people to take part in beach litter picks.

* Home-Start Kernow– £493,529 for their project ‘Connecting Communities’. They’ll be supporting families in local communities to become more resilient.

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