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Creativity is given a boost thanks to lottery funding

Funding boost: Bluestreak Arts, from left, Lewis Geirnaert, Emily Ainsworth, Laurie Calvert and Tom Woolsgrove at Riversway Festival

Funding boost: Bluestreak Arts, from left, Lewis Geirnaert, Emily Ainsworth, Laurie Calvert and Tom Woolsgrove at Riversway Festival

Creativity in Preston has been given a much-welcomed boost after a community group was granted lottery funding.

Bluestreak Arts, who produce theatrical and performance works including film, dance and music in Preston, have received a grant of £281,741 from the BIG Lottery through their Reaching Communities fund

The cash boost will now enable the group to deliver a three year creative community development project in Moor Nook.

Jennifer Impett of the Moor Nook Estate Management Board, who devised the community development programme alongside Bluestreak Arts and the local community said: “This opportunity has landed at the perfect time.

“‘The extra resources and passion will really empower Moor Nook residents to achieve the most amazing things for their community across all generations.”

Jennifer added: “This project will put Moor Nook on the map and the best thing is - the community will be instrumental in delivering this project right from the start.”

Bluestreak Arts is just one of seven groups around the North West to receive funding and nationally, 50 projects shared £14,357,593..

Fylde Coast Women’s Aid secured £499,614 to continue and expand an existing project in Blackpool which provides an independent domestic violence advice service to address the safety of victims who are at high risk of harm from partners, ex-partners or family members.

Big Lottery Fund spokeswoman Alison Rowe said: “We are very proud to be awarding grants to so many varied projects across the region, to help disabled people, women who have experienced domestic violence, young people and vulnerable older people.

“Our Reaching Communities programme helps people and communities most in need.”

Project Director Sandra Abreu-Bourne said: “We have already been doing some work for the Moor Nook community and they were very vocal about wanting it to continue.”

She added:“It was almost as if Reaching Communities was designed for our project, to empower a community like Moor Nook to make the changes they want.

 

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