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Torbay and Plymouth groups toast Big Lottery success

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Image caption The Home-Start Torbay project will receive £250,289

A project supporting people in disadvantaged areas of Torbay has received more than £250,000.

Home-Start provides a home-visiting befriending service for those experiencing parenting difficulties with young children.

A project in Plymouth that provides holistic support to families of children with special needs has been awarded more than £230,000.

The funding has come from the Big Lottery's Reaching Communities fund.

The Home-Start Torbay project offers support and practical help available to families with young children, facing parental difficulties.

It supports families struggling to cope with a range of challenges including poverty, post-natal illness, mental health issues, disability, drug or alcohol misuse, bereavement, teenage and lone parenting.

With funding totalling £250,289, the project will work with 1200 beneficiaries across three years and recruit 51 volunteers, a spokesperson said.

The Friends And Families Of Special Children Ltd has received £232,938.

The project provides a range of services to reduce issues that includes year round social activities for carers, young carers, siblings and families to include outdoor pursuits and days out such as adventure centre, sailing and respite care.

The funding will allow the project to reach more than 250 families with 100 of those being young carers who feel less isolated, a spokesperson for the organisation confirmed.

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