We’re so excited to announce that we’ve secured nearly £400k from the National Lottery to support our ongoing activities and community development.
Here’s our official press release…
Fearon Community Association celebrates after receiving £397,969 from the National Lottery to support Activities and Community Development.
Local community group, Fearon Community Association (FCA), is celebrating after being awarded almost £400,000 in National Lottery funding to support its activities in the community. The local charity, based in Loughborough, Leicestershire will use the cash over the next five years to develop its work for the benefit of the local community, including projects and activities that help to reduce loneliness and isolation and increase volunteering opportunities.
Fearon Community Association (FCA) was formed in December 1979 to serve the needs of vulnerable residents and the wider community living in the wards of Lemyngton and Hastings on the East side of Loughborough. In 2009 FCA became a charity and registered as a company limited by guarantee.
The funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will enable FCA to further expand the range of projects and activities delivered from Fearon Hall, including developing The Café in the Hall to provide access to healthy and affordable food, to continue to provide physical, creative and social activities and developing access to a range of support, training and volunteering opportunities for people locally.
Andy Rhodes, Chair of Fearon Community Association, says: “We are delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised the vital role we play. Thanks to the generosity of the National Lottery players we will be able to continue to develop the range of activities and opportunities we provide and stay relevant to the needs of a modern society. We look forward to continuing our work alongside partners to deliver an exciting, vibrant community centre that is the urban village hall in the heart of Loughborough.”
Meg Bezzano-Griffiths, Fearon Community Centre Manager, says: “We are really excited by the possibilities that this funding brings. Not just for users of Fearon Hall, but for those wanting to get involved in this next chapter of our story. If you have a strong belief in community and a desire to make a difference then this is an opportunity for you too. So please get in touch.”
Anila Sisodia, Anand Mangal Womans group, says: “I am delighted to hear the news of the funding to support projects at Fearon Hall. Fearon Hall is a really special place, it has its heart in the community, and for so many people is at the heart of their community.”
About The National Lottery Community Fund
We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.
We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.