SIX organisations across Kirklees have been handed an early Christmas present by the Big Lottery Fund.
The groups – sharing almost £50,000 – are among more than 50 organisations across Yorkshire to receive funding totalling more than £480,000 this month.
Huddersfield Asylum Advice Service receives £10,000 to recruit workers and volunteers to set up a network of support, advice and guidance for new users of the service.
Huddersfield-based Kirklees Visual Impairment Network gets £9,930 to provide computers and mobile phones so that users of the service can overcome their fears of technology and access online information.
Marsden Junior School has been handed £5,990 to run after-school and holiday clubs providing gardening and environmental activities and allowing the school to open outdoor areas for community groups and residents to use outside school hours.
In North Kirklees, Batley Air Training Corps receives £10,000 to equip an education room to deliver online cadet training and exams.
Dewsbury-based Inspire will use its £7,110 award to deliver weekly IT and skills training, diet and healthy cooking instructions and one-to-one coaching sessions to help raise confidence and enhance the employment prospects of women in the black and ethnic minority communities.
Batley Self Help Depression Group receives £6,310 to develop outreach services through workshops and therapy groups for people aged 18 to 25 and those suffering from post-natal depression.