£500,000 boost to help 'forgotten' Blackburn families

First published in Blackburn

TWO Blackburn with Darwen charities have won almost £500,000 from the National Lottery to help ‘forgotten adults’ find work and keep refugee families together.

The cash will go to CANWe Solutions, in Whalley Road, and the borough branch of the Church of England Children’s Society.

The first group will get £219,573 to step up its work improving the employability of “hard to reach adults”.

The children’s society has been awarded £269,434 for its work rebuilding families forced to flee conflict and persecution around the world.

The cash comes from the Big Lottery Fund, the main distributor of cash from the nation’s twice-weekly flutter.

Martin Hartley, Smith of CanWe, said: “We deal with the forgotten adults, people who find it difficult to get a job for a variety of reasons such as poor literacy and numeracy, previous drug or alcohol problems, learning difficulties or broken and troubled childhoods.

“These are individuals who find the traditional ways into work such as the Jobcentre hard to use.”

The children’s society project, based at Wesley Hall in Fielden Street, aims to support refugee families and young people who come to the area to escape war, conflict and persecution.

Kuljeet De Souza, from the society, said: “It aims to provide support and advocacy services to ensure the families settle in the borough and do not breakdown as the result of the stress of their flight and finding their feet in a new country.”

“The scheme focuses on the children’s needs so they can fulfil their potential.

“Volunteers will support the families and share skills and organise social activities including museum visits, sports sessions, craft classes, youth groups, and homework clubs.”

Paul Maher, The Children’s Society Programme Manager, Blackburn said: “Currently there are thousands of children growing up in the asylum system not receiving any help or support and this can have a detrimental effect on their health, education and development.

“Receiving this Big Lottery Fund Grant at ARCASS (Asylum and Refugee Community Advocacy and Support Service) will help us to continue our vital work supporting these very vulnerable children and their families.”

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8:09pm Wed 14 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

I've heard of wassy schemes before but these 2 take the cake.

Disgracfull waste of lottery money.
I've heard of wassy schemes before but these 2 take the cake. Disgracfull waste of lottery money. 2 for 5p
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9:14pm Wed 14 Nov 12

jellybiff says...

These are individuals who find the traditional ways into work such as the Jobcentre hard to use.”says it all really zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
These are individuals who find the traditional ways into work such as the Jobcentre hard to use.”says it all really zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz jellybiff
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9:23pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Mothernature says...

How about we start a support group and get a grant from the lottery fund for the many hundreds of people who may lose their homes when the bedroom tax comes into force in April 2013. Time to think and help our own people for a change.
How about we start a support group and get a grant from the lottery fund for the many hundreds of people who may lose their homes when the bedroom tax comes into force in April 2013. Time to think and help our own people for a change. Mothernature
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1:40am Thu 15 Nov 12

Far East Calling says...

I suppose has his the case with most charity's, having seen the results of a survey on charity's a few weeks ago, 70 to 80 percent of the money will go on administration, by the way this last survey confirms one done 5 or 6 years ago, no one gets wages but lots of expenses, just like Central government but they get wages has well.
I suppose has his the case with most charity's, having seen the results of a survey on charity's a few weeks ago, 70 to 80 percent of the money will go on administration, by the way this last survey confirms one done 5 or 6 years ago, no one gets wages but lots of expenses, just like Central government but they get wages has well. Far East Calling
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9:47am Thu 15 Nov 12

berniep says...

"The forgotten adults" & "hard to reach adults" can usually be found in Wetherspoons around 10am .
They would soon make themselves known to the benefit office if their benefits didn't go into the bank.
"The forgotten adults" & "hard to reach adults" can usually be found in Wetherspoons around 10am . They would soon make themselves known to the benefit office if their benefits didn't go into the bank. berniep
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9:47am Thu 15 Nov 12

berniep says...

"The forgotten adults" & "hard to reach adults" can usually be found in Wetherspoons around 10am .
They would soon make themselves known to the benefit office if their benefits didn't go into the bank.
"The forgotten adults" & "hard to reach adults" can usually be found in Wetherspoons around 10am . They would soon make themselves known to the benefit office if their benefits didn't go into the bank. berniep
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10:32pm Thu 15 Nov 12

mayhem2 says...

Far East Calling wrote:
I suppose has his the case with most charity's, having seen the results of a survey on charity's a few weeks ago, 70 to 80 percent of the money will go on administration, by the way this last survey confirms one done 5 or 6 years ago, no one gets wages but lots of expenses, just like Central government but they get wages has well.
What surevey sounds like a load of rubbish
[quote][p][bold]Far East Calling[/bold] wrote: I suppose has his the case with most charity's, having seen the results of a survey on charity's a few weeks ago, 70 to 80 percent of the money will go on administration, by the way this last survey confirms one done 5 or 6 years ago, no one gets wages but lots of expenses, just like Central government but they get wages has well.[/p][/quote]What surevey sounds like a load of rubbish mayhem2
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10:37pm Thu 15 Nov 12

mayhem2 says...

Fantastic news for the Blackburn projects.Very good use of money to support children and families who dont get any support or money.
Fantastic news for the Blackburn projects.Very good use of money to support children and families who dont get any support or money. mayhem2
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