created by Rachel Hogg published on 20 October 2015

Hartlepool Council is celebrating following the news that a community allotment project has landed £400,000 of lottery funding.

The Big Lottery grant will enable facilities to be enhanced at Waverley Terrace Allotments - a Council-led project which commenced in 2007.  The project supports people with a range of health and social care needs including people with learning disabilities and mental health illness/issues.

Councillor Carl Richardson, Chair of the Council's Adult Services Committee, said: "The Waverley Terrace Allotment Project has been a great success since it was established eight years ago.  It enables people with disabilities to gain vital experience, learn new skills and support them in the search for work.

"The £400,000 of lottery funding will help enormously to expand and improve the facility over the next five years and this will be supported with around £75,000 of funding from Hartlepool Council."

People using the facility are taught a range of horticultural skills including how to make a wreath and grow flowers, plants and vegetables.

One of the new initiatives as part of The Big Lottery bid will involve partnership working with the Council's Inspirations Garden Centre at Tanfield Road from where the produce will be sold.

Councillor Kevin Cranney, Chair of the Council's Regeneration Services Committee, and a local councillor for the area, said "The Council put forward a very strong bid for funding to The Biig Lottery and I', delighted to hear that the bid has succeeded.

"The funding will enable us to develop a range of new facilities on the site including new office accommodation, new toilets and improvements to the car park.  The funding is also vital to develop the facility as a social enterprise to help aid its sustainability.

"It will also enable us to recruit a Volunteer Coordinator who will work with local people and help match them with local employers."

The Promoting Change, Transforming Lives project is a five year project which will commence in January 2016.

For further information about the project, contact Martyn French at Hartlepool Council on 01429 867677 or email martyn.french@hartlepool.gov.uk

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