Bedfordshire charities receive thousands from Big Lottery Fund

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Close to £2.9 million from the Big Lottery Fund will be shared amongst organisations across the East of England including projects in Bedfordshire.

Funding will support organisations to help improve their communities and the lives of people most in need.

Amongst those receiving funding is charity Families First Bedfordshire which will receive £491,793 to help 330 families break the cycle of domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental illness through a six month programme of support.

It will also help mothers develop stronger bonds with their children and directly support children assessed as most at risk of developing behavioural or emotional problems due to weak mother-child bonds.

The second Bedfordshire based charity is Relate Bedfordshire and Luton, which will use the £4,176 from the Big Lottery Fund to develop workshops for local parents who are seperating or divorcing, these workshops provide support for parents who are experiencing problems with separation by helping them look at how their children can be affected and how to make a positive difference for their children.

Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund England grant making director, said: “Whether it is supporting parents and their children to address anger and substance abuse issues or helping older people remain active and involved within their local community, 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 (August 16) awards have been made through the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All and Reaching Communities programmes.

For more information on funding available visit: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding