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The Red Rose Recovery Leadership Programme will continue throughout 2021/22 thanks to being awarded funding of over £42,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund.

The grant from the UK’s largest funder of community activity will be used to continue the Leadership Programme, providing structure and stability to the lives of local people struggling with addiction and mental health, so they can progress to senior leadership roles within the organisation and beyond.

Peter Yarwood, Strategic Engagement Lead of Red Rose Recovery, said: “Through the programme we get to the root of why people are getting in crisis, not manage the crisis for them and through this they can advance to being involved in purposeful, meaningful activities in life. More than 90% of our staff is made up of people with lived experience, and we want this programme to help others experience progress in their life and free themselves from the stigma of their past. We want to give them a stake in society and be positive about the impact they can have in the future.”

The grant is part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Lived Experience Leaders programme, which announced £2.5million of funding going to 49 projects across the UK. The National Lottery funding will support organisations to better embed experts by experience in all aspects of operations – including making it central to COVID-19 response, recovery and renewal – and enables the Fund and the wider sector to continue learning about how people with first-hand experience can become leaders, and how funders can support them.

Cassie Robinson, Senior Head of UK Portfolio at The National Lottery Community Fund said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, people with lived experience will use their unique expertise to lead social change and help their communities to thrive, which is vital in the response to – and looking ahead to the recovery from – COVID-19. We know that supporting those with first-hand experience to become leaders is a key enabler for civil society to do more, help more people, and for the sector to continue to make a positive impact.”

The Lived Experience Leadership programme was developed using learning and insights from the pilot programme and is a key part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s commitment to enabling civil society to be fit for the future. The programme is helping organisations and the social sector create opportunities for people with first-hand experience to be at the forefront of decision making.

National Lottery players raise £30 million a week for good causes. During 2020 The National Lottery Community Fund distributed over £650 million to community projects across the UK*.

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About The National Lottery Community Fund

“We are the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. National Lottery players raise £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.  

We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.”


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