Lottery grant for charity which helps teach offenders digital skills

HMP Peterborough prison. Photo: Ben Davis/Peterborough Telegraph
HMP Peterborough prison. Photo: Ben Davis/Peterborough Telegraph
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A charity which improves the digital skills of prisoners and ex-offenders in Peterborough has been given £369,000 lottery funding.

Charity Stretch will build upon pilot work previously delivered at HMP Peterborough to improve the digital skills of offenders and ex-offenders.

Thanks to an award of £369,000, it will deliver workshops in prisons and in hostels for ex-offenders to help increase their technical skills and raise confidence.

Other awards include Suffolk Artlink, which provides arts training courses for people with learning disabilities, has received funding worth £369,430.

It will use the grant to continue to deliver its JumpstART scheme in Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft and will also expand the programme to cover Ipswich.

The Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme provides grants for projects supporting communities and people most in need in England.

A grand total of £44,604,673 has been awarded to 133 projects across the country.

Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund deputy director, England, said: “Today’s awards demonstrate how people are leading the way in their local communities by creating great ways of making a difference in the heart of our communities using National Lottery funding.

“This funding will help people to unlock abilities and skills to improve the lives of local people and their communities.

“We are very pleased to make awards to these worthwhile projects across the region.”

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invests more than £650 million a year in projects with health, education, environment and charitable purposes.