Grants for ex-offender and garden therapy groups

Two England-wide charities are among the beneficiaries of the latest £6.5m round of funding from the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme.

Prisoner rehabilitation charity Unlock will receive nearly £350,000 to help released offenders re-join the community, while gardening therapy charity Thrive will get more than £250,000 for its blind gardeners' club. The biggest grant of £430,000 will go to the Peterborough Women's Centre.

Last month community groups reacted with dismay when it was revealed that massive oversubscription meant the £100m programme was funding only one in four of applicants which meet its criteria.

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