City projects’ joy as they net money from lottery fund

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PROJECTS to improve people’s health and wellbeing have been given financial boosts thanks to lottery funding.

The John Pounds Centre, in Queen Street, Portsea, was given £375,862, by the Big Lottery Fund’s latest pot of £32.7m for community projects.

The money will be used on an existing scheme called Seeds4Change, which was set up to help people take control of their own health and wellbeing.

The project targets people living with diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and recovering from cancer.

The money will be used to help offer activities and training relating to both their physical as well as emotional health needs.

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond said: ‘This award will go a long way to help the community in Portsea.

‘I’m delighted that such a great organisation has been recognised in this way.

‘The money is to be used by charity’s Positive Plus project to help those in need of addressing their health and wellbeing.

‘I was also delighted to see that some of the money will be used to promote training opportunities for a number of young adults to learn employment and enterprise skills by running a healthy juice and smoothie bar at the centre.

‘I wish John Pounds all the best in their endeavours.’

Another project that benefited from lottery funding was Tongues and Grooves, which was awarded £9,500.

The poetry scheme, which is based at the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth, will use it for a community project called Diving into the Wreck – A Journey out of Addiction.

The cash will fund work with a professional writer, director and production team to develop a multi-media production that can be performed for organisations working with addiction and at schools and colleges.

This will raise awareness of psychoactive substances and addiction in general, and provide opportunities for people with addictions to gain transferable skills, self confidence and aid recovery.

Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund England grant-making director, said: ‘It’s heart-warming to see so many fantastic projects, whether it be providing vital support for those with life-changing injuries, encouraging young people to reach their potential, or working to keep our communities safe.’