Lottery gives vital cash to Bracknell community groupsBy Jennie Slevin
February 20, 2013
Vital funding of more than a quarter of a million pounds has been donated to community groups across Bracknell Forest.
Sports, arts and heritage projects have all been helped by £278,000 of National Lottery cash handed out during the last year, as part of its Good Causes scheme.
Mark Hooper, director of voluntary group Deaf Positives, said: “The funding is used towards our employment services and is vital to us carrying out the work.”
The group, which was awarded £9,945 of National Lottery funding, provides help for deaf people seeking work, from writing CVs to interview and presentation skills.
The charity also trains Deaf Positive advocates to learn sign language and act as interpreters at meetings, during phone calls and to help gain access to health care.
Mark said: “The employment projects we run help deaf people get back into work.
“Often employees have to pass training courses in health and safety and so we are able to provide interpreters to allow deaf workers to do the courses.
“We also offer help for people looking for work, for example jobs here, and legal and discrimination advice.”
Bracknell & District Citizens Advice Bureau, which recently moved to Market Street, received £7,400 to improve its computer system and Birch Hill Community Association was awarded £6,000 for an art project.
Now, these groups are being given the chance to enter the National Lottery Awards 2013, to receive another £2,000 and national recognition during a VIP ceremony due to be broadcast on BBC One.
John Barrowman, presenter of National Lottery Awards, said: “The National Lottery raises £30 million a week for Good Causes and this is a great way of celebrating the life changing difference these projects make to communities.
“Lottery players in Bracknell should be proud of the difference they are making to people in the area.”
To nominate one of these groups, or any other community project, go to www.nationallotteryawards.org.uk or call (0207) 293 3599 before 9am on Monday, March 19.