Delighted members of a Sheffield community group are celebrating – after being awarded almost £300,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
Foxhill Forum, based at the Wolfe Road Healthy Living Centre, received £299,967 which will ensure it can fund its services for three years.
The group provides a lifeline for hundreds of residents of all ages, providing arts and craft classes, employment skills training, ‘cook, eat, grow’ classes, lunch clubs and confidence building activities.
The project will benefit at least 859 people for three years, including young jobless, older people, those with low skills and people with poor mental health.
The cash will also help fund the forum’s Active In-volvement programme – which will recruit and train volunteers who will deliver and support activities and services.
Foxhill Forum chief executive Mark Wilde said: “I’m delighted we have secured this funding to continue building local people’s skills and confidence.
“Foxhill Forum provides a lifeline for so many people, providing a range of activities they might not be able to access elsewhere.
“The funding will allow us to develop existing services such as our volunteering programme and develop new activities and services which respond to local need.”
Foxhill Forum was previously awarded a £338,870 capital grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities Buildings Programme to refurbish its Healthy Living Centre.
Work carried out included an internal staircase and lift, new main reception, improvements to community spaces and addition of a Healthy Eating Cafe, which will be a community learning resource.
Mark added: “The work is due to be completed next month. The upgraded building will enable us to offer new services such as the Healthy Eating Cafe while the improved sports flooring will allow us to develop new dance activities.”