Lottery funds boost for South Yorkshire group

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A COMMUNITY group, a school and a theatre which helps children and adults with learning difficulties are among the projects across South Yorkshire to be awarded lottery funding.

Gleadless Valley Community Forum in Sheffield was given £9,921 by the Big Lottery Fund, which granted it £372,893 last year towards an education and skills project.

Steve Rundell, forum manager, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this money. It is really welcome.”

He said the forum asked local people what facilities they wanted to see, and health initiatives and activities came top.

“The money will be spent on a range of activities to promote health and wellbeing in the community such as local food growing, inter-generational gardening, and smoothie-making,” he added.

Rotherham’s Tin Pot Theatre was also awarded a grant of £3,500.

The theatre puts on a pantomime every year at Montgomery Hall in Sheffield and the money will go towards funding the next one. The theatre is hoping to get as many people involved as possible.

Director Suzy Dix said: “The panto will benefit so many people in our area. Our cast includes adults, young people, children and those with learning difficulties so bringing them all together to perform shows the diversity of our community and helps those who might otherwise be isolated.”

Bramley Sunnyside Infant School, Rotherham, also received funding - £9,850 for the development of a sensory garden.