Leeds yoga class gets Big Lottery Fund grant windfall

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Yoga classes and an after-school club will be among the activities funded through a new round of lottery grants.

Four organisations from Leeds are among those celebrating a windfall from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All scheme.

Across Yorkshire, more than £330,000 has been handed out to community groups for projects aiming to improve lives.

In Leeds, the highest amount of nearly £10,000 was given to Bramley Primary School to set up an after-school club.

The club will run activities including urban culture workshops, forensic science sessions and sports in order to broaden the horizons of pupils, tackle issues like racism and steer them away from anti-social behaviour.

Another big winner was Chapeltown charity Leeds Reach, which runs an education programme for youngsters having problems with mainstream school as well as mentoring and holiday activities.

The £9,598 grant will be used to run workshops for young people aged 16 and over to boost their work-related skills, with sessions including teamwork, problem solving and doing presentations.

The aim is to give the participants a greater chance of getting jobs once they leave secondary school.

Gipton Supported Independent Living has been awarded almost £9,000 to run workshops to help create an animated short film about benefit reforms, as well as stage a community event.

It is hoped the initiative will help people to learn new skills and raise their aspirations, as well as share their views on how the changes to benefits are affecting them.

Yoga classes will be set up by All Hallows Community Project, based in Hyde Park, with their £4,000 award.

The sessions for nearby residents will provide people living in deprived communities a chance to try the gentle exercise which relieves stress and anxiety and can help with health problems like asthma, high blood pressure and back pain.

Kirklees community group Cowlersley Tenants and Residents Association was also given nearly £10,000 to run activities for young teenagers in the area and give them a positive focus, a chance to learn new skills and alleviate anti-social behaviour.

Vanessa White, Big Lottery Fund’s head of the Yorkshire and Humber region, said: “This time of year can be hard, especially for vulnerable communities who may be feeling isolated.

“These projects will make a significant difference to people’s health and well being, and benefit people from all backgrounds, cultures and ages.”

Organisations with an income of £30,000 or less can now apply under the Awards for All scheme until March.

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