Doncaster’s £412,000 lottery success announced

Black Cat Theatre Social Enterprise's Andy Evans. Ther group is set to receive a lottery grant.
Black Cat Theatre Social Enterprise's Andy Evans. Ther group is set to receive a lottery grant.

Doncaster is celebrating a £412,000 National Lottery success

The money is coming in after a campaign to raise the amount of cash the borough receives.

It has been awarded to 20 projects following the lottety’s ‘Dosh for Donny’ campaign, which has seen Doncaster clubs, charities and community groups receive extra support with their applications for funding.

350 people attended open sessions at the Keepmoat Stadium in March to learn more about the work of National Lottery distributors.

While projects in Doncaster have received more than £75 million of National Lottery funding since the Lottery started 20years ago, the organisations responsible for awarding funding believe more money should be flowing into Doncaster. They are particularly keen to promote the small grants programmes - £300 to £10,000 – which are easier to apply for and have faster turnaround.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “Lives in Doncaster will be changed through this investment.”

One of the groups to benefit is the Black Cat Theatre company which has received £9,998 to purchase dedicated audio equipment for theatre performances by people with learning disabilities and other special needs.

Group chairman Andy Evans said: “This will have a lasting impact beyond the life of the grant, helping us achieve a sustainable future.”

Hatfield Spotlight Theatre Group, £2,987.98 from The BIG Lottery Fund. The funding will pay for venue hire and the purchase of equipment so the organisation can offer drama workshops and productions for the local community.

Big Ambitions CIC, £9,930 from The BIG Lottery Fund. The funding will provide training sessions to create community health champions, who will then provide support to the local community on becoming more active and eating healthily.

CDS Wellness £9,800 from The BIG Lottery Fund. The organisation will use the funding to deliver a programme of ‘Wellness Recovery Action Plan’ sessions in the boroughs of Doncaster. This will provide a self-management system, group activities and peer support for people suffering from mental health issues to help improve their wellbeing and reduce isolation.

Hawthorn Primary School, £9,995 from The BIG Lottery Fund. This is a project run by a primary school in Doncaster. It will use funding to develop the outdoor play area, to incorporate surfacing and play equipment. This will provide children with a safe and stimulating place to play during and out of school hours, with the aim of developing communication and social skills and raising aspirations.

Moorends Miners Welfare and Community Development Centre, £10,000 from The BIG Lottery Fund. The organisation will use the funding to provide IT access and support, to include basic IT skills, CV writing, email use and job applications, for the local community. This will improve the IT Skills of local people to improve their employability.

Danum ABC, £8,299 from The BIG Lottery Fund. The group will use funding to refurbish the toilets and lighting of their newly acquired community building. This will provide young people with a place to socialise and participate in physical activities, with the aim of reducing anti social behaviour and encouraging healthy life choices.

Chat N Do Group, £2855.17 from The BIG Lottery Fund. The group will use funding to purchase items, including tables and chairs, along with delivering events and activities, for older members of the community. This will enable the group to move into their new premises and provide beneficiaries with the opportunity to get out of their homes and socialise, with the aim of reducing isolation and promoting wellbeing.

Glebe Road Allotments, £9,799.68 from The BIG Lottery Fund. The group will use funding to install new fencing and CCTV at their allotment. This will assist in the prevention of further vandalism and anti social behaviour, improving the security of the site.

Woodfield Primary School, £9959.99 from The BIG Lottery Fund. This is a project run by a primary school in Doncaster. It will refurbish a kitchen area, to include health based activities, to promote healthy cooking and eating for pupils and the wider community, with the aim of reducing health inequalities, including smoking and obesity, within the school community.

Black Cat Theatre Social Enterprise, £9,998 from The BIG Lottery Fund. The organisation will use the funding to purchase dedicated audio equipment for theatre performances by people with learning disabilities and other special needs.

Hubbub, £8,000 from The BIG Lottery Fund. This is a project by an incorporated charity in London serving beneficiaries in Doncaster. The organisation will use the funding to create an online hub which will provide a platform for people to get expert advice and share information about saving money in the home, with the key focus on reducing the cost of energy in the home.

Thorne Green Top Primary School, £9,975 from The BIG Lottery Fund. The organisation will use funding to install an area of artificial grass surfacing within the grounds of the school. This will provide children with a safer environment to play and learn and enable the school to deliver additional out of school physical activities throughout the year, with the aim of reducing childhood obesity.

Breaking Beats, £9,974.18 from The BIG Lottery Fund. The organisation will use funding to deliver animation workshops, for people with learning disabilities, including script writing and editing. This will provide beneficiaries with positive learning activities, with the aim of developing confidence and self esteem and reducing isolation.

Intake Primary School, £9,989 from The BIG Lottery Fund. The organisation will use the funding to install outdoor play equipment in its playground. This will enable it to engage children in active play which will improve behaviour and enhance communication skills.

Doncaster Community and Voluntary Services (CVS), £94,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its Twentieth Century Gypsy and Traveller Cultural Heritage in Doncaster project to address negative stereotyping of gypsies and travellers. CVS staff will work closely with the local gypsy and traveller communities on a programme of activity and learning by rediscovering their past and sharing it both within their own communities and local art facilities and media outlets to dispel myths and create a lasting legacy for Doncaster.

Braithwell and Micklebring Recreation Leisure Association, £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its project ‘Village Memories: Recording and Sharing Memories of Braithwell, Micklebring and Clifton Villages’ which aims to collect the oral history, find information, and provide an archives service for those volunteer researchers who over many years have carefully traced local history of the villages of Braithwell, Micklebring and Clifton.

Darts (Doncaster Community Arts), £3,096 from the British Film Institute (BFI) for the Cosy Cinema project that puts on monthly film screenings at the Concertina Club, Mexham. All films programmed are selected by local people. The project aims to bring cinema back to Mexham and increase community cohesion.

School Partnership Trust Academies, £9,671 from Sport England to install Dewarenne Cricket Nets to be installed in academy schools across Doncaster. This will encourage young people to take up cricket.

Blitz Table Tennis Club, £9,940 from Sport England to set up a table tennis club for the people of Doncaster to join.

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, £164,271 from Sport England for the project ‘Let’s Get Active Doncaster’. This scheme will allow local people access to more sports clubs and facilities to help increase health and fitness levels in Doncaster.