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

Inside Out is among the Big Lottery Fund grant winners. It helps people with mental health issues ex

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

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

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.


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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.

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

The team is currently studying music hall theatre including stand-up comedy, sketches, magic and dancing.

Director Jenni Halton said: “It’s really good – we have had some ups and downs in terms of funding because it is never an easy thing to come by.

“It’s absolutely lifesaving – a lot have said to us in the past that coming to a group of this nature really gives them a lifeline.”

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.”

Suffolk winners

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• Cockfield CofE VC Primary School – £7,899

• Beaumont Community Primary School – £10,000

• Taste of Sudbury – £9,805

• Bildeston Primary School – £9,805

• Kersey CofE VC Primary School – £10,000

• Hintlesham and Chattisham Primary School – £9,990

Forest Heath

• Tuddenham St Mary Parish Council – £2,730

Ipswich

• Inside Out Community – £253,956

• Unscene Suffolk – £6,170

• East Anglian Russian and International Cultural Society – £10,000

• Phoenix Project – £10,000

Mid Suffolk

• Earl Stonham Parish Council – £3,215

St Edmundsbury

• Noise Solution Ltd – £9,996

Waveney

• Community Action Suffolk – £384,970

• Thursdays at the Fisher – £9,250

• Surviving United – £9,760

• Asperger East Anglia - £9,030

• Hearts of Oak – £10,000

• Blundeston CofE VC Primary School – £9,475

Total: £796,051

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