Dorset community groups celebrate £1million National Lottery windfall

MORE than £1million in National Lottery funding has been awarded to 34 community projects in Dorset, ranging from a therapeutic garden for the community to art and craft activities for people with mental health issues.

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

The wider region is also celebrating, with the South West receiving over £5 million in National Lottery funding for this quarter.

Projects in the West Dorset area to receive funding include:

  • Relate Dorset and South Wiltshire, Choose 2 Change – £197,840 to deliver family and young people’s counselling, work with Armed Forces personnel and supervise child contact sessions.
  • Future Roots Ltd, The Countrymen’s Club – £70,000 for the Future Roots care farm, which uses farming and the countryside for therapeutic benefit. The project will focus on an alternative education provision for young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. The project will also offer an alternative to day care centres, with more engaging outdoor activities and inclusion in community life, providing a sense of belonging through peer support, friendships and positive experiences.
  • Dorchester Arts, Sound Out Community Project – £9,999 to provide music workshops for young people. The project aims to improve skills and mentoring opportunities.
  • Volunteer Centre Dorset, Easy Pathways – £9,960 to pilot a drop-in centre which will provide generic advice and information to people in need of support. The project aims to provide early intervention assistance.
  • Harmony Skills Development – £4,200 to facilitate the provision of art and craft activities for people with mental health issues. The project aims to support those who are recovering from ill-health and help fulfil their potential.
  • The Dorchester Trust for Counselling and Psychotherapy – £2,910 to provide affordable counselling sessions to people experiencing mental health issues. The project aims to improve people’s wellbeing.

Tom McCulloch, head of funding for the South West region of the National Lottery Community Fund, said: “National Lottery money continues to change the lives of thousands of people across Dorset.

“From community-led projects that reduce loneliness and isolation to those looking at ways of tackling bullying amongst young people, this quarter’s funding has one thing in common – it’s all been awarded to groups with the ideas, knowledge and passion to make the changes they want to see in their local area.

‘Thanks to National Lottery players, projects like these are investing in what matters most to them and their community.”

The National Lottery Community Fund is responsible for giving out money raised by National Lottery players for good causes.

As part of today’s announcement, it has revealed that it is making grants totalling £65million awarded to 2261 community organisations across England.

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