Charities awarded thousands of pounds

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CHARITIES are celebrating an extra-special Christmas after being awarded thousands of pounds in lottery cash.

Home-Start Portsmouth, which helps families in need, applied to the Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All scheme and was granted 9,225 to recruit more volunteers.

Portsmouth Self-Advocacy Group was also given 9,840, for its Hear Our Voice project, to set up a choir for people with learning disabilities in the local area.

A Portsmouth-based branch of charity, Butterfly Woodchips, has 1,863 to buy new play equipment to expand its service providing group activities for parents and children under the age of five.

Groundwork Solent in Havant has been given 8,605 for a community environment project while Take Off in Gosport will use a 9,710 grant to provide support and skills training for people seeking employment.

The Big Lottery Fund is now calling for more groups to apply for Awards for All funding.

Go to awardsforall.org.uk