Humberside community organisations are celebrating today after being awarded a total of nearly £1 million in National Lottery funding for the quarter. The money, raised by players for good causes, is being distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

The funding also includes nearly £400,000 which is going towards helping to combat loneliness across the Humberside area.

In total, 58 community projects in Humberside - ranging from a 1940s Film Festival for socially isolated members of the community to heart screening clinics for young people - are receiving a share.

Sight Support Hull and East Yorkshire’s project ‘SocialEYES’ will receive £92,540. This funding is for a project designed to provide social activities, trips, and services to people with visual impairments. The project includes enabling visually impaired and partially sighted people to access walking and running clubs as well as a choir. The grant will also support the organisation to buy its own transport, which will be used to help visually impaired people to take part in leisure activities

SocialEYES walking group
Image shows a group of visually impaired walkers in the countryside

Sandra Ackroyd, CEO, Sight Support Hull & East Yorkshire, says "Here at Sight Support Hull and East Yorkshire, we believe no-one should have to face sight loss alone, and every visually impaired person should enjoy the same opportunities and quality of life as those who are fully sighted.

“Thanks to the funding we have received from the National Lottery Community Fund, we will be able to grow our SocialEYES leisure and activity programme over the next three years, thus enabling more local people with sight loss to enjoy a wide range of activities and outings as well as make new friendships and improve their health and wellbeing. Our SocialEYES programme is also a great way to overcome the isolation that many visually impaired people feel.

“Funding like this is crucial as we receive no government funding and so we would like to say a big thank you to all of the players of the National Lottery as their support will make a huge difference to people affected by sight loss across Hull and East Yorkshire.”

Abdou Sidibe, Head of Funding for Yorkshire & Humber region at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “As the UK’s largest funder of community activity, we believe that when people are in the lead, communities thrive.

“This quarter money raised by National Lottery players has gone towards helping people to tackle some of the most pressing issues in their communities – combating loneliness, improving mental health, engaging young people, and much more.

“Thanks to National Lottery players, we’re delighted to be able to support groups like Sight Support Hull & East Yorkshire turn their inspiration and ideas into practical projects to improve thousands of lives where they live and beyond.”

Humberside is not alone in enjoying the good news: Yorkshire & Humber as a whole is receiving £10.2 million, which is being distributed across 390 community projects and organisations.

The National Lottery Community Fund is responsible for giving out money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Last year it awarded over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) and supported over 11,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk