Big Lottery Fund cash boost for South Yorkshire groups

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A Sheffield project has been awarded £9,850 from the Big Lottery Fund to support women who are due to leave prison to develop film making skills.

Creativity for Change CIC is one of 74 initiatives celebrating receiving Awards For All funding totalling 668,118 across Yorkshire and the Humber.

The money will be used to help women who are due to leave prison to develop skills and create a film, allowing them to express themselves about the impact of their offending.

The films will be screened to family, friends and professionals working with female offenders.

In Rotherham, Ebb and Flow Family Support has received £10,000 to run a pilot support project for families with a parent who is suffering from a serious life threatening illness.

The project will provide weekly drop in support sessions for parents with serious illnesses and a support group for their children and young people.

RotherFed has been awarded £7,233 to help sustain and develop Rotherham Deaf Futures Group, a user led community group.

The group will organise public meetings for deaf people, as well as running training course to help users develop their English and computer skills and organising activities around deaf awareness.

The first meeting, on getting the best energy deals, is at Springwell Gardens Community Centre on Tuesday, January 20 from 5pm to 7pm,

Steve Ruffle, from RotherFed, was delighted at the cash boost.

He said: “Rotherham Deaf Futures is a fantastic group, an independent voice of deaf people in Rotherham and this Awards for All grant will help the group continue to develop and flourish during 2015.”