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Bumper windfall for Kirklees' schools and community groups in latest round of Big Lottery Fund grants

Over £120,000 has been given to ten primary schools and four organisations to improve the lives of residents in Kirklees

Fixby Junior and Infant School.

Ten primary schools in Kirklees have been declared as the lucky winners of more than £77,000 thanks to a series of windfall grants.

Four community projects also benefitted from receiving over £45,000, which was given out by the Big Lottery Fund in its latest round of funding.

The schools will use the money to create dozens of new schemes and initiatives, in a bid to increase children’s wellbeing.

This includes plans by Crossley Fields Junior and Infant School, and Crowlees School, both of Mirfield, and Fixby Junior and Infant School, who will use their money to install outdoor play and exercise areas to reduce bad behaviour at break times and encourage children to become more physically active.

Berry Brow Infant & Nursery School will set up a series of workshops and Clough Head J & I School will refurbish rooms to offer computing and cookery courses.

St John’s Church of England Voluntary Controlled Infant School in Dewsbury will use its share to deliver Saturday community workshops that will encourage people from diverse communities to work together and learn about Indian culture to develop neighbourhood relations.

Paddock School is to run a series of community breakfast clubs and outdoor activities, Birkby Junior School has commissioned an artist to do artwork in the grounds and Cowlersley School will run a community club.

Fixby Junior and Infant School’s extended learning co-ordinator, Maria Sandland, said: “We’re really pleased that we got the money to install a climbing structure.

“We will use it for rewards and at an after school club which will be led by sports and PE co-ordinator Steve Smith to increase fitness, co-ordination and help pupils learn how to work together.”

Meanwhile, Growing Newsome has earmarked its grant to start up new allotment activities for residents to tackle isolation in the local community and encourage vulnerable people to become involved with growing their own.

And Huddersfield-based TJigsaw Enterprise Training will put on activities for those with learning or physical disabilities to help them increase their chances of employment, increase their confidence and reduce isolation.

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery and has donated almost £6 billion since it was launched in 2004.

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