£250,000 to integrate immigrants in south Lincolnshire

Staff at Spalding CAB celebrating their Lottery grant are  Cath Keylock, Christine Gratton,  Julie Lyon, Marta Rogala and  Anthony Atkinson. SG15-715-128TW ANL-150715-151602001
Staff at Spalding CAB celebrating their Lottery grant are Cath Keylock, Christine Gratton, Julie Lyon, Marta Rogala and Anthony Atkinson. SG15-715-128TW ANL-150715-151602001

Wanted: migrant workers willing to help unite communities in south Lincolnshire – thanks to a Big Lottery Fund payout of more than £250,000.

Two Citizen’s Advice Bureau jobs and an administration post are about to appear on the Spalding Guardian’s jobsite, jobstoday.co.uk, to help deliver a five-year Reaching Communities project across South Holland and South Kesteven.

The project is a joint initiative between South Kesteven and South Holland Citizen’s Advice Bureaux (CAB) to provide support to migrant workers from Poland, Latvia and Lithuania so they are better informed and more able to integrate.

John Willerby, former CAB manager at Spalding, was chief officer at South Kesteven when the bid was made to the Big Lottery Fund in October last year. He said: “A pilot scheme we ran with the help of Lloyds TSB showed there was a need for a translation service to help migrants with housing and employment.

“It is hoped the new service will help them gain the confidence to integrate properly in the community, maybe even join the local football club.”

Nearly £1million been awarded by the Big Lottery Fund across the East Midlands to help local people improve their communities.

The total amount awarded to South Kesteven Citizen’s Advice Bureaux is £250,315.

Other groups from the area who received grants are:

* Flinders Founders Teen Park Improvement Project, Donington, Awards for All £8,960

The group will use the funding to create a paved seating area in a local park where current seating facilities have become unusable over time and pose a safety risk to the community. This will improve the local environment.

* PCC of Donington, St Mary and the Holy Rood Church, Church Hall Refurbishment and Renovation Project, Awards for All £5,178

The group will use the funding to refurbish the village hall due to lack of facilities within the local area. This will increase the usage of community facilities allowing access to the wider community.

* Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum, Lincolnshire Transport Conference, Awards for All £2,600.

The group will use the funding for a transport conference for residents of their rural community. This will enhance career options, promote different lifestyle choices and prevent social isolation.