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Suffolk causes awarded £800,000 in latest Big Lottery Fund announcements

PUBLISHED: 11:09 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:09 22 March 2018

Inside Out is among the Big Lottery Fund grant winners. It helps people with mental health issues express themselves through art. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Inside Out is among the Big Lottery Fund grant winners. It helps people with mental health issues express themselves through art. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Good causes across Suffolk have been awarded nearly £800,000 in the latest string of Big Lottery Fund grants this month.

Community Action Suffolk received £384,970 for its Lowestoft Community Capacity Project. Picture: Archant library.Community Action Suffolk received £384,970 for its Lowestoft Community Capacity Project. Picture: Archant library.

A total of 20 organisations in the county have shared £796,051, with grants ranging from £2,730 to more than £380,000.

Among the biggest winners were the Inside Out Community in Ipswich, which uses creative arts to help people with their mental health and wellbeing, which was awarded £253,956, and Community Action Suffolk (CAS).

CAS was awarded a grant of £384,970 for its Lowestoft Community Capacity Project – a scheme in partnership with Waveney District Council which aims to make communities around Kirkley, Harbour and Kessingland stronger.

A number of community events will be held, with ‘community enablers’ being recruited for the three areas to improve links and support in the areas involved.

Stephen Ardley, deputy leader of Waveney District Council and cabinet member for merger and communities, said: “Successfully securing this funding is excellent news and through partnership working with Community Action Suffolk, the project will help to build strong, resilient communities with residents at the very centre.”

Unscene Suffolk was awarded £6,170 for its music hall project, which is currently in development ahead of a performance at Ipswich Town Hall in October.

The charity works as a community theatre for adults with visual impairments, putting on projects each year.

James Harcourt, England grant making director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Whether about boosting life skills, self-esteem or confidence, these inspirational projects are making a real difference across the country.

“When you hear about the extraordinary things people are doing in their communities you realise the real impact the money raised by National Lottery players is having – it really is life changing.”

Other winners in Waveney include Thursdays at the Fisher, a community arts club based at Bungay’s Fisher Theatre which aims to combat loneliness, which received £9,250, Surviving United, a Lowestoft group set up by sexual abuse survivors Angela Marnoch and Lisa Ambrose, which received £9,760, Asperger East Anglia which got £9,030, Hearts of Oak which got £10,000 and Blundeston Primary School which received £9,475.

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