Haworth, Otley Road, Eccleshill, Barkerend and Ilkley groups land Lottery cash windfall

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Jackie Butterfield at Haworth Riding for the Disabled Jackie Butterfield at Haworth Riding for the Disabled

Eight community projects in Bradford district will share £67,000 of Big Lottery Fund cash.

The Awards for All programme gives money to projects that tackle issues, needs and aspirations of communities.

Haworth Riding for the Disabled will get £9,643 and founder Jackie Butterfield said: “This is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. It means we can expand even more.”

Jane Lawrence, fundraiser at Haworth Riding for the Disabled, said the money would provide a year’s funding for two additional nights – on Wednesdays and Fridays – of an after-school club for children with disabilities, and also a school holiday club.

Otley Road and Barkerend Environment Project – a voluntary organisation – will use its £10,000 to reduce environmental deprivation through gardening competitions, tub-planting sessions and educational nature sessions.

Voluntary group Eccleshill Walkers will get £9,830 to run activities to improve the emotional and physical health of isolated people.

Angela Robertson, who runs the organisation’s walking group and weight management class, said: “It was very exciting when we heard that we were getting it. It is absolutely fantastic.”

Thornbury-based Albion Sports Juniors AFC will receive £9,100 to deliver dance and healthy minds workshops, as well as training people in the organisation in providing the activities in the future.

Ilkley Film Festival will use £8,000 to buy a projector for the Ilkley Film Festival and then to screen fortnightly films in a theatre.

Action for Community Ltd in Bradford will get £8,574 to train 18 women from black, minority and ethnic backgrounds to become doulas, or labour coaches.

Bradford Family Support Network will get £7,710 to provide English lessons for refugees and asylum seekers. The Phoenix Art Club in Bradford will get £5,000 to pay for venue hire and a tutor to deliver craft classes for older people.

Alison Rowe, of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “It’s great to see the variety of innovative ways projects plan to use their Awards for All grants this month.”

She said the grants of £300 to £10,000 meant the grants were accessible to all.

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8:08am Tue 4 Feb 14

G_Firth says...

Shame that local councils are doing very little towards this and other disabled projects
Shame that local councils are doing very little towards this and other disabled projects G_Firth
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