Dorset community groups celebrate £1M lottery windfall

Dorset community groups celebrate £1M lottery windfall

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:07am 14th March 2019.

34 groups community projects in Dorset will benefit, from a therapeutic garden to craft activities for people with mental health problems.

Community groups across Dorset are receiving over £1.2 million in National Lottery funding.

In total, 34 community projects in Dorset - ranging from a therapeutic garden for the community to art and craft activities for people with mental health issues - are receiving a share.

One of the projects to benefit from the money is Future Roots.

They'll receive £70,000 for The Countrymen's Club project, offering outdoor activities to isolated men in Dorset. The project is based on a 36-acre farm, and works with men who are bereaved, suffer from dementia or have acquired brain injuries, who may have worked in farming or agriculture.

Julie Plumley, Director of Future Roots, said: "Thanks to The National Lottery funding we can continue to make a real difference to the lives of men who have become isolated because of deteriorating physical or mental health. Our project is about accessing the farm environment and socialising with others in order to have a positive impact on men's lives and the lives of those who care for them."

The National Lottery Community Fund is responsible for giving out money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. It has revealed that it is making grants totaling £65 million awarded to 2261 community organisations across England.