Big Lottery Fund gives 48 initiatives £10m in total from Reaching Communities fund

The programme will be worth £130m in 2012/13, and beneficiaries include the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children in London

Michael Palin with children from Action for Stammering Children
Michael Palin with children from Action for Stammering Children

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded 48 projects across England a share of £10m from its Reaching Communities programme.

Voluntary and community organisations, charities and social enterprises can apply to the programme for funding of between £10,000 and £500,000. The initiative is worth a total of £130m in 20012/13.

Action for Stammering Children was among the latest projects to receive funding. The charity received £385,200 towards its work at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children in London, which provides specialist help to children from across England with chronic and often acute stammers.

Patrick Tonks, chief executive of Action for Stammering Children, said: "We are absolutely delighted with the award, which will help hundreds of children and teenagers who stammer and their families over the next three years."  

The Sheffield Young Carers Project received £143,541 to continue its work supporting carers as young as eight who look after family members with mental health problems or substance misuse issues.

The Red Hen Project in Cambridge was awarded £282,916 towards a project that will support children aged between five and 11 with behavioural problems or special needs.

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