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Fruitful year ahead for South West groups with Awards for All

16 January 2012

Awards for AllIt’s a healthy start to the year for groups across the South West as National Lottery good cause funding rolls into the region.

Some 45 projects across the South West are sharing in £350k from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

Routeways Centre Limited receives £10,000 for the All Ways Apples project in Plymouth. The group will use the funding to provide a range of food and gardening activities and workshops for the whole community. This will enable both older and younger members of the community to engage in outdoor activities that will encourage greater community cohesion and guidance on a healthier lifestyle.

Andrew Turnock, Project Manager, said: “Based in Devonport, All Ways Apples celebrates natural abundance by increasing the local harvesting of apples in the city. Health promoting apple-related workshops will include growing and pruning skills for fruit trees in small gardens. A lively creative apple festival in the autumn will showcase the project.”

St Hilary School in Penzance, Cornwall, secures £4,290 to create a sensory, vegetable and wildlife garden for pupils and the wider community. This will improve the outdoor space so people can access the natural environment and learn about sustainable living.

InterClimate Network receives £5,000 to run an environment event for young people in Bristol. This will raise awareness about the planet and environment and highlight green issues. It will also help improve communication, leadership and presentation skills and highlight employment opportunities.

Other projects receiving funding today include Music in Hospitals, awarded £9,600 to provide 75 live music concerts for sick and disabled older people in care homes in the South West to help alleviate isolation, improve moods and people’s spirits, including those with dementia. And Dance in Devon Limited is awarded £9,800 to run an intergenerational dance-based programme in Princetown, including interactive workshops, accredited leadership training for young adults, and community presentations.

Mark Cotton, Big Lottery Fund’s Head of the South West region, said: “A host of juicy projects receive BIG funding today. Many of these are aimed at improving the health and well-being of people of all ages across the South West while encouraging people to enjoy the natural environment. A great start to the year.”

BIG’s Awards for All programme offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to social and environmental projects that will benefit local communities and make a difference to the lives of those most in need. Voluntary and community groups, schools, health organisations and parish and town councils can all apply.

See a full list of awards announced in the South West today

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