Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden, says: “I am pleased to hear that several grants that have been awarded within Meriden constituency from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) between June 8th 2011 and August 8th 2011. These have been made to local charities and organisations.
“Pine Square Community Initiative, in Chelmsley Wood, has been given £10,000 for funding an engagement and research project to establish where there are gaps in services for the local community.
“Entraide, also in Chelmsley Wood, has been awarded £9000.The group will use the funding to recruit and train French-speaking asylum seekers to provide advice to their peers, as well as providing IT and job skills training. I have met a number of Congolese women victims of civil war and rape in their country who only speak French on arrival as Congo was a former Belgian colony.
“Solihull Life Opportunities, again in Chelmsley Wood, has been awarded £4000.The group will use the funding to carry out an information fair for carers and parents who are responsible for the care of children who live with learning and physical disabilities.
“The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is committed to bringing real improvements to communities, and to the lives of people most in need. BIG believes in making best use of Lottery money, using knowledge and evidence, and being supportive and helpful. BIG currently has 29 active programmes for the UK.
“You can search the website www.biglotteryfund.org.uk for opportunities in this area. You can also search the online database for examples of other grants made in this constituency. So far, 126 grants totaling £5,353,931 have been made. I do urge any individual or organisation who feels they might be eligible for BIG award to study the programmes available and I hope that their bids will also be successful.”