A CENTRE which helps parents get back into employment is among the good causes in Blackpool which have received more than £95,000 in grants from a charitable trust in the last year.
The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has awarded £3.4m to 123 charities in the North West in 2011, with £95,553 going towards supporting charities in Blackpool.
Among the grants was one of £19,700 awarded over two years to the Claremont West Family Centre, on Egerton Road, North Shore, which helped fund the salary of a nursery nurse to look after children while their parents studied.
Over the past three years since the charity launched the courses, 33 per cent of those who have taken part have gone on to find jobs.
Centre manager Angela Taylor said: “Many of the people we support are single parents and find it very difficult to get back into education.
“Securing funding from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has meant parents can focus on their learning and development and know their children are being cared for.
“The boost in confidence resulting from attaining qualifications gives people a springboard to new opportunities, be it paid work, volunteering, pursuing further education or improved family relationships.”
Other Blackpool charities Blackpool supported by the trust include the Blackpool Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and Blackpool and District Age Concern.
The CAB was awarded £51,500 over three years towards the costs of a home visiting advice worker, training, travel, subscriptions, running costs, professional and management costs.
Age Concern has received £38,800 over two years to meet the salary of a part time manager plus funding towards the Activity Boxes Project, training costs and a contribution towards management and infrastructure costs.
Lloyds TSB Foundation chief executive Linda Kelly, said: “During what continued to be a challenging environment for many charities in Blackpool and throughout the UK, the foundation’s ongoing commitment to funding core costs has been important in enabling nearly three quarters of supported charities to maintain their core services, and more than a third to provide new services across England and Wales.”
Charities wishing to find out if they are eligible for funding from the trust should visit www.lloydstsbfoundations.org.uk and take part in a short questionnaire.