THE Accrington-based organisation Lancashire Women has been awarded a grant of £300,129 over three years from the National Lottery new Community Digital Fund.

It is one of just eight charities in the UK to be awarded cash from it .

The fund has £15million to distribute to help such group's to grow their digital capabilities, particularly around their operations and service delivery.

Lancashire Women runs a network of women’s centres across the county including in Accrington, Blackburn and Burnley.

Amanda Greenwood, the charity's chief executive, said “Lancashire Women recognise the potential that digital – in all forms - has in helping us to adapt to the changing world and to radically rethink how our organisation works and operates in the internet era.

"This funding will help us to realise the role that we believe digital has in helping us work towards our mission.

" It will support us to continued to develop the digital skills and knowledge of our team, building on what we have done to date, and allow us to explore in greater detail the role that technology, innovation, digital and design thinking can play in improving the lives of women and girls in Lancashire.

" Importantly, we will have the opportunity to share our learning across a much wider area than Lancashire alone, helping to really maximise the impact of this project.”