185 community projects in Greater Manchester – ranging from a support service for ex-offenders that offers help with housing and substance misuse to a project that gives young people a space to socialise to prevent anti-social behaviour in their area will benefit from the awards.
Project Brink is one of the projects involved – it will be receiving £30,790. The project gives young people in the local area a space to socialise as well as bespoke sessions that deal with a range of issues affecting the teenagers in that community.
On the Out CIC which operates across Greater Manchester received £164,098 to support ex-offenders as soon as they leave prison. The project offers peer support, accommodation support and access to mental health/addiction services for people recently released from prison.
Lisa Ellis, Director, at Project Brink, says: “This is very welcome news and will make a real difference to the people we support. Thanks to National Lottery players, we will be able to run more evening social sessions for the young people of Sale Moor. The funding will allow us to set up all girl sessions where there will be quizzes focusing on self-esteem, positive body image, relationships, sexual health advice, the effects of bullying and the negatives of alcohol and drug misuse.”
Duncan Nicholson, Head of Funding for the North West region at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Young people are the experts in their own lives and, thanks to National Lottery players, we are able to support an exciting range of organisations and projects delivering the activities that they have told us they want in their communities.
“We have seen time again that when young people are in the lead, amazing things happen. We are excited to see how this funding will be used to enable communities to thrive.”
Among other projects funded are
Safespots – £247,000
The organisation is a survivor-led and designed domestic abuse service, supporting women in South Manchester to rebuild their lives following trauma, through workshops and other services, putting them at the heart of their own choices. Funding will go towards staff and running costs.
The Proud Trust – £10,000
The organisation will work alongside LGBT+ young people to plan regional pride events, deliver two weekend retreats and deliver a regional pride event for young people, with the aim of bringing people together and improving community relationships.
Moving forward youth project – £10,000
The organisation will deliver a variety of activities for young people and their families in the local area, with the aim of improving community cohesion.