Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has today (27 February 2017) welcomed the announcement of multiple grants for communities in Redditch. The People's Health Trust has awarded money raised through The Health Lottery to three community projects in Redditch.
More than £23,000 will be awarded to Growing Batchley, which sees gardening volunteers brighten that area of town. Additionally, the group will be working with HMP Hewell to support offenders on day release.
Nearly £32,000 will be awarded to the Communicating Communities project. This scheme from Youth and Community Enterprise Limited will see the creation of a community cyber café in Smallwood. As well as a space for computer access, young people from the RYCE youth club will be providing valuable computer training to older people.
Finally, over £30,000 will be awarded to an upcycling project run by the IDC Sewing Cafe CIC. This project aims to engage vulnerable women from a number of Redditch wards with low-level mental health issues to make friends, grow in confidence and address their mental health through the upcycling of furniture and upholstery.
Karen said: "It's great to see so many projects making a real difference in the community. I'd like to thank the People's Health Trust, not only for the work they do up and down the country, but specifically for awarding these transformational grants in Redditch.
"I know they will make a real difference to those using these services. It's testament to Redditch's community spirit that these projects can help so many in Redditch and I hope many will be involved.
"While I'm currently ill and not attending any appointments, I look forward to visiting these projects when I am feeling better."
Redditch has been my home for nearly 20 years and it has been a huge honour to have represented its great people for the past seven.
Sadly due to ill health I have decided not to stand for re-election. There is nothing more important or rewarding than helping people, however I need to be fully fit to be able to undertake the job properly.
I am immensely grateful to all the fantastic people I have met during my time as a Member of Parliament and want to say a huge thank you for all of their support.
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