Local MP Julian Knight has welcomed the announcement from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) that it is supporting three projects in Solihull.
The projects, whose combined funding is £26,085, are:
- Hazel Oak School will work with local tradespeople and pupils with special educational needs to build a community garden (£9,990).
- Our Lady of the Wayside Pre-School will run a range of food growing, gardening activities and outdoor play sessions for families and the wider community (£9,850).
- The Archdiocese of Birmingham will redecorate and furnish a local community space and install a new water heater to ensure it is fit for use by community groups (£6,245).
Julian also welcomed the news that the BLF have launched a new ‘Supporting Civil Society’ strategy. This is a programme aimed at empowering communities by developing digital skills, encouraging leadership, building organisational and financial resilience, and making effective use of evidence and data.
Commenting on the news, Julian Knight said:
“Solihull is a town that runs on volunteers: it wouldn’t be such a wonderful place to live and raise a family without so many local residents giving so generously of their time and energy to run sports teams, charities, and other community groups.
“I’m delighted that the Big Lottery Fund has provided a welcome cash boost to these very deserving local charities, and especially glad that more local school pupils will have the opportunity to work outdoors and learn useful life skills.”