City MP Richard Graham is delighted that six significant Gloucester community projects have been awarded £236,746 from The National Lottery Community Fund in the last three months. Richard said, “All of these awards in the 25th Anniversary year of National Lottery Awards will help us develop stronger, more connected communities in Gloucester. The biggest beneficiaries are Building Circles’ programme for adults with learning difficulties and GL Communities, with the latter concentrating on lonely and vulnerable people especially in the Matson, Robinswood, White City and Tuffley at their Phoenix Centre – I quite often refer constituents for their financial advice, for example.”
Gloucester’s MP highlighted the importance too of smaller awards from Roots Coffee and Community in Alvin St, Kingsholm, which will boost their range of community activity that has been such a success: to MSB (with their United Through Dance project for younger constituents and InfoBuzz therapeutic sessions to help mental health issues. Richard said: “Together these will make a difference. Added to the government’s commitment to new mental health funding (the 2gether Trust is recruiting and training to provide every school with a qualified mental health advisor), mean that more help than ever before on different types of mental health challenges is on its way in Gloucester. More can always be done, but the commitment is there, and the National Lottery’s contribution should be recognised as positive for good charities to expand their activity.”
- The Polish Community in Gloucestershire, who organise the Polish Heritage Day in Kings Square; run their Saturday School at Milestones school in Longlevens, which comes under the Tewkesbury constituency.
The following projects have been awarded funding in the last three months:
Project: United Through Dance
The funding will be used to deliver hip-hop and dance workshops to young people who have been involved with anti-social behaviour. The project aims to positively engage individuals, address behaviours and increase wellbeing.
The funding will be used to deliver therapeutic sessions for young people in order to improve mental wellbeing.
Roots Coffee & Community
Project: Community and volunteer coordinator role
The funding will be used to recruit a volunteer co-ordinator to oversee community events that take place at the group’s facility. The project aims to continue supporting local community projects.
Tuffley Community Fund
Project: The Tuffley Festival
The funding will be used to host a community festival. The project aims to bring people together to celebrate the local area.
Project: Polish Community in Gloucestershire
The funding will be used to run a support service, educational activities and events for the Polish community. The project aims to improve wellbeing and promote integration.
Project: Building Circles - Reaching Communities
The funding will support the project’s core activities, with an emphasis on developing the training element of their work. The project provides support to adults with learning difficulties across Gloucestershire through the promotion of social inclusion.
All 2gether at Phoenix in Maston, Robinswood and White City
This funding will enable to project to develop a more cohesive joined up approach between local services and to reach out and connect local people to the assets in the community, with emphasis on supporting vulnerable people who are socially isolated, suffering with mental health issues, general health and fitness and long-term illness.