TWO projects catering for vulnerable and isolated females in Blackburn with Darwen have won share of £25,000 recovered from criminals.

Grants have been given to 10 projects in Lancashire after the relaunch of the county Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw's 's Community Action Fund.

It provides grants of up to £3,000 to schemes tackling local concerns which meet his Police and Crime Plan priorities.

One grant has gone to Blackburn with Darwen's Mill Hill-based Billy Project caters for women aged 16 and over,living in the borough identified as vulnerable or isolated, This includes mental health problems, victim of domestic violence, alcohol or drug issues, family issues, physical or learning disabilities.

A similar grant has gone to The Billy Project Juniors which helps younger females. In 2019/20, £150,000 is available from the fund.

Mr Grunshaw said: "These are really positive projects."