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Over £140,000 funding given to companies in Burnley, Rossendale and Pendle to reduce loneliness in communities

MORE than £140,000 was awarded to groups to help them deliver projects, activities and services to reduce isolation, improve health, and support mental wellbeing.

The money was administered by Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service (BPRCVS) on behalf of East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group.

A total of £146,000 was shared between several groups in the boroughs including Lancashire Dementia Training and Consultancy and Rammy Men CIC.

During the past year, the funding proved ever more crucial to small groups and organisations as many residents were struggling with poor physical health, isolation, and a range of mental health issues which have seen sharp increases since the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns.

Lancashire Dementia Training and Consultancy, which supports carers of people living with dementia, was granted over £3,200 enabling the organisation to deliver 72 support sessions to dementia carers, people living with dementia, and extended family members.

Project manager Rachel Yates Hoyles said: “Two families experienced their loved ones being admitted into hospital.

“Both families felt the sessions equipped them to communicate better with their loved ones and health care professionals.”

Rammy Men CIC received £4,000 for their Stubbins Mill Support service which enabled the organisation to run 130 individual sessions covering all age ranges.

Chairman of Rammy Men Rob Moss said: “One person we helped has made a number of friendships based around the activity and has joined our peer support group to get through some of his anxiety and depression issues.”

Chief executive officer of BPRCVS Christine Blythe said: “Funding for small groups is vital under ‘normal’ circumstances; during these challenging times volunteers have been an undeniably important part of the support for communities.

“By providing this funding, East Lancashire CCG have recognised the crucial part our community groups play on a daily basis in keeping people well and connected.”

The 2021/22 fund is now open for applications with a grant of up to £5,000 is available.

You can visit the BPRCVS website for more information or contact Heather Starkie for support in completing the application: heather.starkie@bprcvs.co.uk