Lottery cash joy for South Yorkshire projects

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Projects in South Yorkshire are celebrating after being awarded a share of £3.4 million from the Big Lottery Fund.

Three South Yorkshire projects have received grants, with Nomad’s ‘Opening Doors’ project in Sheffield collecting £421,581.

The project, set up 25 years ago, supports and resettles homeless people aged between 18 and 35 years old.

It is hoped the cash will help around 300 people.

Sheffield City Trust has received £24,116 to run a new 18-month project in Shiregreen.

The aim is to reduce isolation among people aged 55 and above and to improve their health.

Concord Sports Centre and Activity Sheffield staff will set up a number of physical activity sessions at community venues twice weekly for eight weeks.

Once the participants become confident, staff will deliver similar sessions at the leisure centre.

Participants will receive a discount card loaded with 12 free activities, including swimming and over 50s classes.

A Yorkshire-wide project which works with people not in education, employment or training has been awarded £204,934 to expand into Greater Manchester.

The Lorna Young Foundation, which currently operates in Barnsley, sets up youth enterprise projects.

Tim Davies-Pugh, the Big Lottery Fund’s Deputy Director, said: “National Lottery funding has made a life-changing difference to individuals and communities across the UK.

“Today over £3.4 million will benefit older people who are at risk of isolation, homeless mothers and children living in poverty, disadvantaged communities, vulnerable families, young people not in education, employment or training, ‘the hidden homeless’ and women facing abuse.

“We owe a big thank you to National Lottery players. Over the last 20 years, they have changed lives and communities for the better.”

Some £32 billion has been invested in 430,000 projects across the UK since the first National Lottery draw in November 1994.

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40 per cent of the money raised by the National Lottery.

It was set up to improve life in communities and the lives of people most in need and rolls out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK.

Since its inception in 2004 it has awarded close to £6 billion.