Charity projects hit jackpot with £850,000 Lottery grants

Three community schemes in Croydon are, between them, to receive nearly £850,000 in grants from the Big Lottery Fund, it was announced yesterday.

Big Lottery FundCrossroads Care, based on Brighton Road in South Croydon, is to get the biggest single grant, £389,691 for its project for Carers’ Support and Advocacy Services. “This project will use its funding to develop the advice, advocacy and support service they offer to adult carers in Croydon,” the Big Lottery Fund said.

“The project aims to help carers to overcome and manage the negative impacts that can result from caring such as isolation, poor health and wellbeing and poverty. Social events will also be held with the aim of reducing isolation and a new mental wellbeing support group will be set up.”

There is another big chunk of funding, £362,050, to go to South London YMCA in Purley.

“This is a new project… that aims to improve the life chances of hundreds of homeless people staying in SLYMCA’s supported accommodation over the life of the project.

“Workshops will be delivered on areas including health and well-being, independent living skills, managing accommodation, employability and IT skills. Volunteering opportunities and work placements will also be offered with local employers.”

The third grant – £92,520 – goes to Croydon People First.

“This funding is for a new project that aims to help people with learning disabilities become more active and involved in their local community. The organisation will increase the range of training and learning experiences it offers which will be linked to increasing skills and knowledge, for example digital literacy and cookery. The project is user-led and will develop its website and a database of opportunities so that people can request and choose their preferred activity via an online portal.”

The Croydon projects are among 28 grants being made by The Big Lottery Fund to London community projects to a total value of nearly £9 million.

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