Derbyshire schools and good causes share in £2.3 million lottery payout

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Schools and community projects around Derbyshire were celebrating today after they were awarded their share of a £2.3 million lottery payout.

Around £2.3 million from the Big Lottery Fund will be shared amongst East Midlands organisations, it was announced today.

Today’s funding will support local organisations to help improve their local communities and the lives of people most in need.

Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund England grant making director said: “Whether it is supporting homeless people to get a more permanent roof over their heads or helping women break away from domestic abuse, these projects will make a huge difference to the lives of many.

“They are excellent examples of local people working together to help others in their community to build on the skills they have and maximise their potential.”

Today’s awards have been made through the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All and Reaching Communities programmes. Awards for All provides grants between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations and Reaching Communities awards larger grants of £10,000 and above.

Projects to be funded in Derbyshire include:

The North Wingfield Community Project in Chesterfield will receive £9,885 to deliver community activities for all generations in the community.

This will help foster community engagement and raise aspirations in the local area.

ABC project (Abusive Behavioural Change Project) in the Glossop area has been awarded £499,195.

This will expand the service which aims to reduce domestic violence and abuse and increase the safety and wellbeing of survivors by promoting, supporting and delivering interventions with the perpetrator.

It will be delivered by partner organisations in different areas of Derbyshire.

Currently in Chesterfield, Ilkeston and Swadlincote, it will be extended to areas like Buxton and Glossop where there are no services.

Dove Holes C of E Primary School in Buxton has been awarded £10,000 to refurbish their outdoor space to provide a healthy fitness area and imagination provoking equipment.

Holmesdale Infant School, Dronfield has been awarded £10,000.

The school will use the funding to install new play equipment and an adventure trail at the school. This will encourage children to engage in physical activity which will lead to healthier lifestyles.

Penny Acres Primary School Dronfield’s Penny Acres Play project will receive £9,700.

The school will use the funding to purchase and install outdoor play equipment to create a suitable outdoor play area. This will improve the local environment enabling pupils to engage in positive social interaction and improve health and wellbeing.

Unstone St.Mary’s Infant School Agility for us all, gets £9,959.

The school will use the funding to install a climbing and agility trail and climbing wall on their playground.

This will increase physical activity provision in a rurally isolated area and provide opportunities to engage different sections of the community.

Corfield Church of England Infant School, Heanor was awarded £9,439 for the Corfield Protective Canopy Project. T

he school will use the funding to provide a covered canopy area so that young children and those with special educational needs and disability can enjoy a greater amount of outdoor physical activity on a daily basis. This will provide a sheltered space to help combat childhood obesity.

Buxworth Primary School, High Peak is awarded £9,860 to produce an “Early Years Imagination & Exploration Zone” .

The school will use the funding to develop a play area for children which will help their development through imaginative and creative play. This will lead to positive social interactions between children and a stronger, more cohesive school community.

Chaucer Junior School, Ilkeston has been given £9,085.

The school will use the funding to install a community food growing garden to encourage local people and school children to participate in a range of activities that are designed to improve their health.