Lottery cash aids learning for life

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LIFE skills in the great outdoors will help more young people thanks to a boost from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

Caistor Outdoor Pursuits Education Limited, on the outskirts of Nettleton, has been awarded £9,840 in the first round of grants for 2012.

The money will be used to help young people resolve their issues and have a more positive future.

The group will run training in life coaching skills, mental health, anger management and management committee skills to staff and volunteers.

Coaching will also be given for secondary school pupils who are not in mainstream education.

Another county charity to benefit from the fund is Lincolnshire Emergency Medical Response, which gets £10,000 to purchase and adapt a replacement for an old emergency response vehicle.

In total, 23 groups are sharing in £205,065 to provide a variety of activities, services and facilities to benefit people across the East Midlands region.

Mick McGrath, Big Lottery Fund’s head of the East Midlands region, said: “I’m really pleased to announce the first Awards for All grants for 2012 and to see some of the interesting activities and events which will improve communities across the region over the coming year, thanks to today’s funding.”

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.

Visit www.awardsforall.org.uk or phone 0845 410 20 30 for more information.