National Lottery awards £1million to Dorset community projects

COMMUNITY organisations in Dorset are celebrating today after being awarded a total of more than £1million in National Lottery funding for the quarter.

The money, raised by Lottery players for good causes, is being distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

In total, 36 community projects across Dorset are receiving a share, ranging from a project which encourages men to share skills, to local park improvements which help with mental health and wellbeing.

Among those to receive funding, the following 11 were from the West Dorset area:

  • Natural respite for families with children with disabilities at Magdalen Farm – £90,807
  • A new physical play area in a school – £10,000
  • Car park resurfacing at a village hall – £10,000
  • A programme of activities which supports refugees and asylum seekers and local integration – £9,880
  • Respite breaks for children in care at Magdalen Farm – £9,838
  • Savouring Dorset 2, which aims to create a community documentary to build connections between groups of people – £9,600
  • Dorset Mental Health Support Groups – £8,584
  • Wheelchair accessible swing at a local play area – £6,395
  • Anonymous Festival, a community festival in Dorchester offering opportunities to young people – £4,675
  • Beer Hackett Village Noticeboard & Information Point – £3,650
  • Art/self impression sessions for people living with learning disabilities and their carers – £2,450

More specific locations for the projects were not given.

Tom McCulloch, head of funding for the South West region at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “All over the country, National Lottery money is being used by people who are taking the lead in developing great ideas to help their communities thrive. They know and understand the needs of their area better than anyone else and are best-placed to develop projects to tackle them.

“These projects in Dorset are a brilliant example of this and, thanks to National Lottery players, we are proud to be able to support them to change lives for the better.”

Dorset isn’t alone in enjoying the good news – the South West as a whole is receiving more than £7million which is being distributed to almost 300 community projects and organisations.

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Last year it awarded over half a billion pounds and supported over 11,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

The total pot being made available to groups across England this quarter is almost £80million.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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