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26 March 2004

Walsall charities hit lottery jackpot!

Three local charities serving communities in Walsall received a massive boost with the news that the Community Fund has awarded them lottery grants totaling over 700,000.

The largest grant goes to Walsall Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), who received 295,112. Walsall Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) also received a boost of 282,355 as well as Walsall Pregnancy Help Centre, awarded 161,119 in the latest round of Community Fund grants.

"We are delighted to receive such a generous grant from the Community Fund" said Mr Carl Rice, Chief Excutive at Walsall CAB, "it will allow us to greatly increase our outreach services throughout Walsall".

The grant enables Walsall CAB to enhance the organisation's network of outreach based services around the borough. Additional trained advisors will be employed to provide information, advice and assistance to individuals on a range of subjects and at suitable locations. The grant, over three years, will fund staff, line management, evaluation and general running costs.

Walsall Pregnancy Help Centre will provide counselling and therapy sessions for valuable young people, and their families, to promote self-awareness, personal development and healthier living.

The West Midlands office of the Community Fund is based in Birmingham and gives lottery grants to community groups to help tackle disadvantage and improve quality of life. Regional Committee Chair, Nuala O'Kane said "These are all very positive projects which will help many members of the Walsall community. Walsall is one of our Fairshare areas, we are happy to be able to provide support to these projects".

For further information on how to apply please contact the West Midlands Community Fund office on 0121 200 3500.