Lotto cash for two local projects

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TWO projects in South Yorkshire have received Lottery Grants to fund their work

Barnsley Beacon’s £112,389 award will enable them to continue and expand their Stepping Stones project, which supports carers of substance users.

The project provides a range of services will be on offer including a 24/7 helpline, counselling, confidence building workshops, coffee mornings, social events and complementary treatments to help carers relax.

There will also be training opportunities for current and ex-service users who want to gain new skills. During this three-year project approximately 40 carers will receive help and support.

June Marshall, founder of Barnsley Beacon, said it was personal experience that led to the formation of the project.

She said: “20 years ago, I was in despair. I found out all three of my children were using heroin, but I knew nothing about drug dependence. There is plenty of help for the addict, but very little for the innocent victims of drug and alcohol abuse.

“This is why, 11 years ago, I founded Barnsley Beacon. This has become a safe haven for myself, and other people affected by drug and alcohol abuse.

In Bolsover the Just Good Friends Club has been handed £295,105 to provide social activities for adults with learning disabilities in north east Derbyshire and Chesterfield.

The club was established 15 years ago and aims to work with over 2,000 people by supporting them to increase their independence.

They are encouraged toattend evening social clubs, day time drop in sessions plus regular nightclub events tailored to their specific needs.