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BIG projects star on Community Channel

10 April 2013


Andi Peters was the host for the first of four Big Lottery Fund specials broadcast on Community Channel. The UK360 programme gives a voice to local communities across the UK and in this episode, five funded projects took centre stage, explaining how they’ve used BIG funding to improve people’s lives.

Watch the above video as we hear from Gary and Hannah Bishop of the Justlife Centre in East Manchester. They recognised a need in their community for support for people who’d recently left prison or were suffering from drug and alcohol addictions.

We drop in on residents and volunteers in a rural town in Shropshire who desperately depend on the help of their Big Lottery Fund-supported bus service to go about their daily duties. Thanks to £200,000 from BIG, the Friendly Bus is now able to continue providing an essential service for the local community.

The episode also takes us to Oxfordshire, where the Damascus Youth Project is getting young people actively involved in their communities, and we visit the Corley Centre, which is running lunchtime and after-school clubs for children with learning difficulties.

Last but not least we meet The High Oak Youth Group in Birmingham, which runs workshops and activities for all ages centering around healthy eating and being active.

Community Channel is broadcast on Virgin 233, 24/7 on Sky 539 and on Freeview 87 from 2am-8am. Community Channel is available on BT Vision and Sky Anytime’s On Demand service.

What do you think of these films? Leave your comments below or join the conversation on Twitter using #biglf. Community projects in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will feature in future UK360 programmes so stay tuned for those. Follow @biglotteryfund on Twitter for more information.

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