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30 January 2003

Lottery cash makes a difference in South Tyneside

South Tyneside receives a boost of 460,000 in Lottery grants awarded by the Community Fund today.

Three projects serving the elderly and disabled will benefit.

South Shields Shopmobility has received 190,000 to continue to provide wheelchair and scooter hire to disabled residents.

The Alzheimers Disease Society receives a 90,000 grant towards its work supporting carers of dementia sufferers in the area, while Age Concern gets almost 180,000 towards its health promotion scheme. The scheme includes a mobile aromatherapy service, exercise and arts and crafts. Deputy Chief Officer of Age Concern, Julie Boyack said "Being awarded the grant will enable us to improve the quality of life of many socially isolated older people - and if they cannot come to us we will take the scheme to them."

The grant is one of 19 awarded today to groups in the North East region totalling over 2 million

Others to benefit include:

- Jubilee Fields Community Association (running a community centre in Shildon, County Durham).

- Acorns (based in North Tyneside working with children and young people living with the effects of domestic violence)

- Pennywell Youth Project (a Sunderland-based project with plans to build a new youth and community centre in the area)

- Age Concern, South Tyneside (to support their health promotion project)

- St Michael's After School and Holiday Care (SMASH) (which provides out of school session to children in the Stockton on Tees borough)

- Bangladeshi Community Centre (serving the community in the Hendon area of Sunderland)

- Durham Council for Voluntary Service (to support the Volunteer Bureau service)

The Chair of the Regional Awards Committee John Goddard said: "The grants we make continue to make a big difference to local people's lives. Young and old, black and white, disabled and able bodied all have benefited from the awards made today."

More information about the grants awarded today can be found in the 'What we've funded' section.

Notes to Editors

1. The Community Fund shares out money raised by the National Lottery to charities and to voluntary and community groups. Out of every 1 spent on the National Lottery, the Community Fund gets 4.7 pence. Since it began in 1995 it has awarded over 2.3 billion to more than 52,000 projects throughout the UK. For more information see the awards database.

2. In 2001-02. Across the UK the CF has given 351 million in 7,557 grants. In Research grants it has given 3,928,271 in 20 grants. Internationally it has given 21,639,301 in 75 grants. In Wales 20,237,978 in 522 grants. In Scotland 36,332,370 in 1,022 grants. In Northern Ireland 10,951,718 in 629 grants. In England 21,466,283 in 103 grants.

For more information contact Helen Attewell on 0191 2551127 or Derry Nugent on 0191 2551106