Big money award for rural organisation

Trustees, staff and residents of the Bradbury Centre in Castleton which has received a grant from the Big Lottery''w110212   Picture: Ceri Oakes  14/01/11
Trustees, staff and residents of the Bradbury Centre in Castleton which has received a grant from the Big Lottery''w110212 Picture: Ceri Oakes 14/01/11

A PROJECT for older people which will be based in Castleton has been given a grant of over £127, 000.

The money from the BIG Lottery fund has been awarded to Esk Moors Caring Limited over five years so that it can provide activities and outreach services for both older people and the rest of the community.

Daily activities such as arts, crafts, exercise and well-being classes, IT and language, local history, archaeology and guest speakers will be held at Bradbury Community Centre.

Transport will be arranged for residents where necessary and services can also be arranged in the home for those who are unable to get out without support.

As the project also covers around 60 square miles of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park an activities and outreach worker will also be employed to visit people in remote areas.

The funding will also provide early stage dementia care at the Bradbury Centre to provide regular daytime respite for family carers.

Older people attending will be able to join in with activities, have a meal, a bath, and have their hair styled, and will have the opportunity to see a chiropodist, optician, alternative therapist, and to seek advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau.

John Truscott, chairman of trustees, Esk Moors Caring Limited, said: “We are absol-

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utely thrilled about the Lottery funding. It was the most wonderful news to receive, the relief of knowing that our project could really go ahead was wonderful. 

“This is very exciting and really allows us to develop our overall project in line with long held ambitions of those of us who have worked for over twelve years on our plans.”

“This will make such a difference to our very rural community over the next five years.”