County based charities get Lottery grants

A series of charities in the county have received grants from the Big Lottery Fund to help continue their work in Northumberland.

1st Seaton Sluice Scout Group will use the £10,000 funding to install a mezzanine floor within their scout hut to enable the group to provide further activities for scouts and allow the group to cater for the growing number of young people joining the organisation.

North Hirst Tenant and Resident Group will use the £9,985 they received to establish a community charter which would include consultation and sign up for all residents within the community, that will look to address issues including anti social behaviour and crime.

Pegswood Community Hub Ltd received £10,000 to deliver a varied programme of activities to families and will include fitness activities, NCFE qualifications in areas such as youth work, financial health workshops and cookery sessions.

Blyth Valley Enterprise Limited was given £4,460 to host four workshops to assess the financial situation and needs of residents, and Blyth-based Headstrong Productions received £6,830 to deliver, in partnership with a local advice centre, 15 weekly creative art sessions and five community exhibitions which incorporates support services signposting , for the benefit of 15 people with mental health issues.

Big Lottery Fund spokesperson Tessa Wiley said: “It’s fantastic to fund such a wide range of good causes – whether it is support groups for bereaved families, fitness classes for older people, skills and training for young people, or after school clubs – all of the grants will make a huge difference to hundreds of lives.”