Norwich: Catton Grove gets £1million

An area of Norwich is going to get £1million from the Lottery to spend on the community.

Catton Grove has been chosen because it's a low income area with high unemployment rates.

The money has come from the Big Lottery Fund and it's now up to local people to come up with ideas on how to spend it.

Catton Grove is one of 50 areas in the country to get the money.

Nat Sloane, Big Lottery Fund’s England Chair, explains: “These areas have for many years been overlooked and have missed out on vital funding and resources – they have people who are high on aspiration but until now have been low on opportunity.

“Through our long-term funding, commitment, training and support over at least the next ten years, we will redress that balance; giving them the power, confidence and ability to spend this funding in the ways that matter most to their community.

“This is the Lottery’s largest ever investment in community-led regeneration. This kind of investment is powerful – it goes way beyond annual budgetary cycles of local authorities or the parliamentary terms of well-intentioned governments. It is the kind of investment that is going to help people in these areas achieve lasting, meaningful change, for their children and generations to come.”

Voluntary Norfolk are overseeing some of the work to collect the communities ideas and put a plan in place. Brian Horner from the group spoke to Heart's Hannah Griffiths:

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