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Wychall Farm community to celebrate lottery grant

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Wychall Farm Family Club in Kings Norton has been awarded a grant of just over £8,000 by the Big Lottery Fund - Awards for All.

Residents from Wychall Farm are all invited to a celebratory presentation and to find out how the money will be used on projects to improve interaction and build a stronger community.

New ventures include everything from cookery and football to a summer play scheme, disco nights and Life Begins at 60 sessions.

There will be two opportunities on Thursday 16 June for residents to attend at Oddingley Hall - either 4-5pm or 7-8pm.

Wychall Farm Family Club, a community organisation started by residents and supported by housing association Bromford Living, put together a comprehensive submission to bid for the Lottery grant.

Maria Challenor, Chair of Wychall Farm Family Club, is delighted with the funding success, "We consulted with residents who told us there is a need for regular activities and a need to mix within asocial environment so no-one feels excluded or isolated.

"There is a need to learn new life skills, better social interaction and build bridges and understanding between different generations and cultures. Our aim is to build a stronger feeling of community and create cohesion with local services, such as the police and schools, to help reduce anti-social behaviour and crime."

Their project entitled 'Building a stronger community' comprises several community initiatives:

• Girls Allowed - girls from the age of 5 learning new skills such as cooking, art, and sports.
• Football Club - boys from the age of 5 attending regular training sessions, getting active and working together as a team with an aspiration to become part of the local football league.
• Active Friday - all children from the age of 5 playing together, learning to respect each other and kept entertained away from the streets.
• Play and Stay - toddlers playing in a safe environment, mothers to meet new friends and build confidence for all.
• Life Begins at 60 - older residents socialising, learning new skills, day trips and Bingo. Invited guest speakers covering the most popular topics and providing support and advice.
• Disco Night - community disco once a month for all clubs and ages to join together. Build a stronger community, meet new people and understand each other.
• Summer Holiday Play Scheme - a four week programme, range of activities, learning and outings for all ages.

Going forward, the Wychall Farm Family Club will be looking to recruit more volunteers giving them opportunities to train and complete relevant leadership qualifications. They will also be looking at ways of reaching as many members of the community as possible, particularly the most vulnerable.