Vital £258,000 lifeline funding announced for Pendle charity

First published in Brierfield Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A VITAL £258,000 lifeline has been thrown to a community action group in Pendle which faced closure without new funding.

Supporters of Brierfield Action in the Community (BAIC) are celebrating a the cash injection from the Big Lottery Fund.

And the financial help has come just in time for the Colne Road-based organisation as their coffers were due to run dry at the end of March.

Project manager Naheed Ashraf said: “We are lucky to get lottery funding because we would not have survived without it.”

BAIC teamed up with Burnley-based Participation Works on the successful bid, which will secure the future’s venture for at least the next three years.

Grant assistance from local and central government was coming to an end, because of cutbacks, and only Naheed and a part-time worker remained.

But with the lottery boost plans can be drawn up to hire additional workers and build on their community cohesion efforts in Brierfield and neighbouring Reedley.

The former cyber cafe, at the corner of Halifax Road, now looks set to be transformed into a community cafe.

Bob Allen, BAIC chairman, said: “This is tremendous news for the area. Over the next three years we will be encouraging a broad range of local people young and old to get involved.

“For some it will be just about building life skills and confidence for others additional opportunities to help steer the project over the next three years.”

Abdul Haleem, of Participation Works, added: “We feel this is a fantastic opportunity to bring the communities and organisations together to enhance what is already available and start to make a real difference in Brierfield and Reedley.”

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10:19am Wed 15 Feb 12

TONY WALES says...

Can anybody explain to me how we can spend £258K of the lottery money on a cafe?
It will only be used by Asian people, because in case you have not yet noticed, Asian people, and the native white people of Brierfield do not mix together. This is because I suspect neither race, either does not trust the other, or does not want to mix together.
Another reason is that one race sometimes finds it difficult to understand what the other is saying.
So is this another way of obtaining money by a con trick?
What do they need £258K for if they have one full time, and one part time staff? What are more staff going to do?
Or do people have very good wages in Brierfield?
What do these people do?
Can anybody explain to me how we can spend £258K of the lottery money on a cafe? It will only be used by Asian people, because in case you have not yet noticed, Asian people, and the native white people of Brierfield do not mix together. This is because I suspect neither race, either does not trust the other, or does not want to mix together. Another reason is that one race sometimes finds it difficult to understand what the other is saying. So is this another way of obtaining money by a con trick? What do they need £258K for if they have one full time, and one part time staff? What are more staff going to do? Or do people have very good wages in Brierfield? What do these people do? TONY WALES
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1:16pm Wed 15 Feb 12

DaveBurnley says...

I expect they will have a big petty cash tin.
I expect they will have a big petty cash tin. DaveBurnley
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3:50pm Wed 15 Feb 12

Izanears says...

I just love how the word 'community' opens doors don't you.
An application has been put in to turn a former car parts shop in Brierfield into a 'community' centre. The former Groves hotel is to be a 'community' centre.
Just how many 'community' centres are needed is the question?
I just love how the word 'community' opens doors don't you. An application has been put in to turn a former car parts shop in Brierfield into a 'community' centre. The former Groves hotel is to be a 'community' centre. Just how many 'community' centres are needed is the question? Izanears
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4:38pm Wed 15 Feb 12

TONY WALES says...

To say we have so many community centres I don't think there is much community spirit in this area.
You have racially motivated race hate crimes on the increase. This is in the country as a whole, as recorded last week.
There seems to be more crimes committed by Asian people, against fellow Asian people, the so called "honour" crimes, because somebody has spoken to their sister, or another petty reason, in which case we have some people sent to prison, and some with injuries, all because some uncivilised Asian families resort to violence over some childish argument.
So what's the point of all these community centres? Besides a way of providing a dishonest means of making money for the people running the scheme, as has already been shown by some of the court cases, of people taken to court, in the past. Which have been reported by this paper.
To say we have so many community centres I don't think there is much community spirit in this area. You have racially motivated race hate crimes on the increase. This is in the country as a whole, as recorded last week. There seems to be more crimes committed by Asian people, against fellow Asian people, the so called "honour" crimes, because somebody has spoken to their sister, or another petty reason, in which case we have some people sent to prison, and some with injuries, all because some uncivilised Asian families resort to violence over some childish argument. So what's the point of all these community centres? Besides a way of providing a dishonest means of making money for the people running the scheme, as has already been shown by some of the court cases, of people taken to court, in the past. Which have been reported by this paper. TONY WALES
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10:10pm Thu 16 Feb 12

Desi nelsoner says...

Another thing reported by this paper is the number of crimes committed by non Asian people which I might add outnumber those committed by Asians....
Another thing reported by this paper is the number of crimes committed by non Asian people which I might add outnumber those committed by Asians.... Desi nelsoner
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