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Community grant sees exercise sessions help women take strides forward

16 August, 2018

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, saw first-hand how a project in Blackburn is engaging women who may be isolated or vulnerable, to take part in group sessions that bring the community together, after receiving a grant from the Commissioner’s action fund.

The Billy Project, which is run by U2GetFit in Blackburn, delivers physical activities, such as access to a gym, personal training and other sessions, engages local women who may be vulnerable or deemed ‘at risk’ in the local community.

Open to those who self-refer as well as those referred in by partners such as the Blackburn with Darwen Safeguarding Team, Inspire Drug and Alcohol Service, the Wish Centre and NHS Mental Health Team, the project offers a safe space for women in the community to engage in a positive way, creating a platform to learn new skills and increase their confidence.

Seeing the project and meeting those who benefited from it alongside local councillors and partner agencies said:

“What really stands out from visiting this project is the number of stories I have heard from people about the positive effect it is having on them individually and in the wider community.

“Everyone involved is doing really great work, building confident communities and supporting those in our neighbourhoods who may be vulnerable which are both key priorities in my police and crime plan.

“This is exactly what my Community Action Fund is all about and goes to show the impact that these small grants can have – they provide real value for money and make a big difference across Lancashire.

Leanne Procter, Director of U2 Get Fit CIC which delivers the Billy Project said:

“It was really good to have the chance to show the Commissioner the Billy Project and the work we are doing with women in Blackburn and Darwen.

“The ability to help people who need that support and play a part in making their lives better is a great opportunity and the Community Action Fund grant has helped us make that difference.”

For more details about the Community Action Fund, including funding criteria and how to apply, visit the CAF section of the Commissioners website

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