Projects get their share of £280,000

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VOLUNTEER projects in North Tyneside have secured funding as 37 groups from across the region share £280,000 in grants from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

The Catholic Fellowship’s St Bernadette Club in North Shields has been awarded £9,000 to provide extra transport for adults with physical, sensory and learning disabilities to access the weekly social and recreational activities at the club.

Tynemouth’s Northern Butterflies receives £6,254 to deliver art workshops to care home residents with dementia and adults with learning difficulties.

To enable disabled people and carers to remain active in their communities, Independent Living Zone CIC in Seaton Burn is given £9,794 to create a web-based community network for volunteers, disabled people and carers to map and share information about community activities, events and health and social care resources.

Osborne House Residents’ Association in Wallsend receives £7,835 to provide a range of activities for the residents.

Helena Foreman, vice-chairperson at Osborne House, said: “We are going to get some games, outdoor tables and chairs, hanging baskets and plants.

“We are also going to use the money for trips out and for our monthly buffets.

“We’ve received funding before but not as much as this

“It’s a huge amount, we’re over the moon.”

The Awards for All programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.

James Turner, Big Lottery Fund’s head of the north east region, said: “It’s fantastic to see such a great mix of ideas receiving funding and I hope these grants offer fresh drive for people to get involved in community projects.

“The smallest of grants can have a hugely positive impact on the local community.”