Cash boost will offset charity’s ‘dire straits’

Photo Neil Cross'Intact has been awarded �326,000 from the National Lottery to use on projects to help vulnerable people in the community
Photo Neil Cross'Intact has been awarded �326,000 from the National Lottery to use on projects to help vulnerable people in the community
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Ingol and Tanterton Community Trust: £326,276 from the Reaching Communities fund.

The community centre, which bosses said was in “dire straits”, financially, at the end of last year, has been awarded the cash to provide employment training for disadvantaged residents.

Ali Barkley, deputy chief executive, applied for the funding as a previous lottery grant has now come to an end.

She said: “It’s going to have a massive impact on the community.

“It’s going to enable us to carry on what we’ve established and we are going to concentrate on the drop-in.

“People can come to us if they have got one-off issues like a problem with their electric bill or housing problems and we can help them.

“We’ve found people were coming to us with more complex problems – it might be they were unemployed and getting into debt, they might have drug and alcohol issues.

“We felt we really needed to dedicate the resources to tackle this.”

The project will also help people to find work, and focus on health and social issues.

Volunteers and service users were invited to “Ali’s Big Thank You Event” yesterday, where the news of the funding was revealed.