Big Lottery Fund hands out grants to Wearside causes

Craig Ramshaw with his Sunderland based Teendrive driving school.
Craig Ramshaw with his Sunderland based Teendrive driving school.
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TENS of thousands of pounds in lottery funding has been handed to good causes across Wearside.

Sunderland-based Teen Drive North East is one of a host of groups to benefit from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All small grants programme.

The £10,000 grant will be used to run a road safety course for young people.

It will enable the organisation to prepare young people to become better drivers and reduce the number of road traffic accidents.

Chairman Craig Ramshaw said he has launched a charity, separate from his business, to run the programme open to every school pupil aged over 14 years old.

“It’s a really exciting project and we’re are really looking forward to its launch in March,” he said. “We’re hoping to visit every school in Sunderland as part of the scheme.

“As well as general road safety advice, we will cover aspects such as drink-driving, driving while under the influence of drugs, speeding and the importance of wearing seat belts.

Elsewhere, the Disability Entertainment for Young People group, in Houghton, has been awarded £9,890 to deliver a series of music entertainment workshops for youngsters from 13 to 19 years old.

The project will culminate in a community performance.

The group will also provide volunteering and training opportunities.

The Wearside-based Community Environmental Education Development Trust has been handed £9,800 to run three projects aimed at different age groups to improve the environment.

The Box Youth Project, in Hall Farm, will use a £8,862 grant to run holiday activities for young people in the community.

It is hoped the project will help battle boredom and isolation and act as a “diversion” from anti-social behaviour.

Tim Davies Pugh, deputy director of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “It’s great to be able to fund so many small projects that will make a big difference to people’s lives.

“We are currently hosting regular webinars to advise applicants on how to submit good quality applications and look forward to hearing from groups across the North East.”

The Big Lottery Fund is offering applicants support and guidance on applying for Awards for All funding.

Webinars run every week and last about 30 minutes.

Questions can be asked throughout the presentation through a live chat panel.

To join an Awards for All webinar, email webinars@biglotteryfund.org.uk or call 0345 410 2030 to book a place.