Lottery funding boost for Northumberland groups

A Northumberland group has been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to help people with dementia become more physically and socially active.

The grant is just one of 48 awarded across the North East today from BIG’s most popular grants scheme – Awards for All – which gives small grants of up to £10,000 to projects that can make a big difference to people’s lives.

The Northumberland group, called Teetime, which receives £5,164, will be using ‘target golf’ to help older people with dementia get out and about more.

Session tutor Janet Howe said: “Target golf is visually stimulating and a lot of fun. The equipment is oversized which makes it easier for anyone to use. It doesn’t matter if you are in a wheelchair or need to be seated – everyone can join in.

“We have already delivered some taster sessions and people aged up to 93 are joining in and asking for more.

“This particular project will allow people with dementia to become more active physically and socially. With an increasingly ageing population projects like ours are becoming more necessary so we’d like to thank anyone who has played the National Lottery as their funding is vital to help run small community groups like ours.”

Seahouses Development Trust will be buying portable cinema and film-making equipment for the benefit of its rural community.

The £9,132 grant will enable the community to make and show films providing opportunities to reduce social isolation.

Dexterity, a project by a voluntary organisation in the county, received £9,910.

The organisation will use the funding to run a series of fitness activities for older people, and train older people to be able to support the sessions. This will improve the health of participants and reduce their social isolation.