Big Lottery Fund boosts community projects

Andrew Stephenson MP has welcomed Big Lottery Fund investment for Pendle community organisations. Three projects have received £28,826 over the past three months.

The Big Lottery Fund distributes millions of pounds of the National Lottery’s good cause money to charities and community projects across the UK. The organisations receiving funding in Pendle are running community development projects aimed at engaging young people and combatting isolation through creative outlets.

Bassment DJ Academy, which runs DJ classes for 12-24 year olds, has been awarded over £9000 for their ‘Music Unites the World’ project. The Academy will deliver music therapy to young people through a series of DJ training workshops to reduce isolation and antisocial behaviour, giving young people a safe creative space.

In-Situ, an artistic non-profit based in Brierfield, has been awarded £8,929 to go towards creating a mobile radio unit and engagement program. The funding will be used to launch a new community radio station and workshops where project participants can learn new skills. The project aims to provide people with the opportunity to develop their skillset and socialise with new.

A further £9,980 has been awarded to Nelson St Philip’s Church of England Primary School. The money will be used to develop a new outdoor play area so the school can provide a safe, fun place to enhance the social and communication skills of the children in the area.

Local MP Andrew Stephenson said: “I am delighted that the excellent work of community projects and organisations across Pendle has been recognised by the Big Lottery Fund. The projects receiving funding will benefit a variety of people across the area and provide spaces for adults and children to engage with creative activities.”