Lotto fund hands out £92,000 in Jarrow in its first year

IN THE MONEY ... Big Local project co-ordinator Anne Corrigan, centre, with representatives of some of the commmunity groups given Big Local funding.
IN THE MONEY ... Big Local project co-ordinator Anne Corrigan, centre, with representatives of some of the commmunity groups given Big Local funding.

COMMUNITY groups in Jarrow are now nearly £100,000 richer, thanks to a National Lottery-backed scheme toasting a year of success.

Big Local, a kitty funded by Lotto players, has pledged to spend £1m on deserving causes in 150 parts of the country, including central Jarrow, over a 10-year period.

We have enjoyed a tremendous first year of service delivery and it’s great that so many community groups have benefited.

Anne Corrigan

More than £92,000 has already been splashed out in the town as Big Local marks the first anniversary of an ambitious programme.

In just 12 months in central Jarrow, it has funded four major projects and 17 smaller initiatives to the tune of £92,903.

To mark the first anniversary of its launch, Big Local’s central Jarrow partnership board is holding an annual general meeting on Monday, April 27, at Grange Road Baptist Church, starting at 5pm.

Residents and other stakeholders are invited to attend.

Project co-ordinator Anne Corrigan said: “We have enjoyed a tremendously successful first year of service delivery, and it’s great that so many community projects have benefited.

“The great news is that there are two more grant funding rounds this year for people and organisations to apply for, with the scheme set for a long and healthy future.”

Big Local’s central Jarrow plan was developed in consultation with residents and partner organisations, and in early 2014, four projects were unveiled.

A landscape and gardening project, being led by Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, is intended to improve the town centre’s appearance.

It provides training and volunteering opportunities, and it has seen the employment of an apprentice, as well as the tidying-up of areas including the rear of St Bede’s Church and Quay Corner.

A healthy living network, being led by Age UK South Tyneside, is creating a directory of services to promote healthier choices throughout people’s lives.

A young people’s project, for which YMCA North Tyneside is the lead organisation, has appointed two youth workers and holds regular drop-in sessions for youngsters.

A financial inclusion project, a partnership with South Tyneside Credit Union (Bridges Community Bank) to offer an alternative to pay-day loans and loan sharks and increase the number of savings clubs, was launched late last year.

The 17 projects to benefit from grants of up to £500 each include the Nolan Hall sheltered accommodation scheme, St Bede’s RC Primary School and the Friends of West Park group.

For more information, contact Anne on 428 1144 or at anne.corrigan@groundwork.org.uk

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