Talking up £212k lottery fund boost

A PROJECT that helps families in Hartlepool who have experienced the upheaval caused by relationship breakdown has won a £212,000 lottery boost.

Families Talking helps parents and children across the Tees Valley to address problems including conflict, debt and children’s behaviour as a result of the distress caused by a difficult break-up.

The £212,097 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme is one of 74 projects nationally to share a total of £17.6m.

Elizabeth Allison, Families Talking general manager, said: “Our project is a mediation service which aims to resolve family separation and resulting disputes without the need to go to court. From April solicitors will not be able to provide legal advice for free as legal aid is being taken away from private family law matters.”

The project will help families in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland, Hartlepool and Darlington.