Communities celebrate win on the lottery

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COMMUNITY projects in Northumberland are celebrating a win on the lottery.

Various grants have been dished out by the National Lottery to support good causes across the region.

One of the biggest winners was Northumberland’s SixtyEightyThirty group, which received £262,966 from the Big Lottery Fund for its work supporting victims of domestic abuse.

Staff and volunteers accompany women to court, tribunals and child protection meetings, as well as help with legal, financial, benefits, medical and housing issues.

The organisation also offer counselling, group support and courses.

It aims to help 750 women over the next three years.

Big Lottery Fund Head of Region James Turner said: “Our Reaching Communities programme aims to help those most in need and the SixtyEightyThirty project epitomises the kind of vital work going on in communities that deserves funding.”

Other organisations to receive lottery funding include the South East Northumberland Stroke Group, which was given £4,624 to buy computer equipment and run workshops to help people with communication difficulties after stroke.

Smile received £9,973 to set up peer support for people in the county with mental health and emotional problems, while Northumberland Community Enterprise was given £5,312 to buy IT equipment and deliver workshops to help people access online services and employment opportunities.