Groups share in lottery bonanza

THREE community groups have shared more than £400,000 in lottery cash.

Fifty-one groups from across the North-East have won a share of more than £410,000 in funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

Peterlee Leisure Gardeners’ Association was granted £7,000 to repair the leaking roof of the amenity building within the local leisure gardens to improve the community space, which is currently used by local gardeners and will soon be used by schoolchildren.

East Durham Play and Community Network won £9,001 to organise two celebration events for families in the local area during the school holidays.

This will enable local families to enjoy creative workshops and play experiences.

I CARE 2 CIC, from Billingham, was given £6,650 to cover the costs of training 15 voluntary sector staff from various local organisations in psychology to improve the provision of their services to the local community, increasing their ability to empathise and identify concerns.

James Turner, the Big Lottery Fund’s head of region for the North- East, said: “There are a wide range of community groups benefiting from today’s announcement of funding from the Awards for All programme.

“Small amounts of money can make a huge difference to communities and the lives of those most in need so it’s wonderful to see so many grants being channelled into the region today.”