Community Fund

All 2gether at Phoenix in Matson, Robinswood & White City - GL Communities celebrates after receiving almost £79,000 of National Lottery funding to support local residents.

Local community charity, GL Communities is celebrating after being awarded almost £79,000 in National Lottery funding to support vulnerable people who are socially isolated, suffering with mental health issues and general and long-term illness.  The charity based in Matson will use the cash to provide more support and activities for local residents at a community space called the Phoenix Community Centre in Matson.

The Wellbeing & Social Isolation Co-ordinator along with volunteers have been working hard to renovate and re-decorate the Phoenix Community Centre in preparation for the launch.  The centre now runs a number of sessions a week attended by residents which includes activities such as a community shed group, gardening, job club, IT training, table tennis, arts & crafts and healthy eating.  The sessions help adults to make new friends whilst learning new skills.  Adults are also gaining greater confidence, self-esteem and important collaboration skills.  

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest funder of community activity in the UK, will see these sessions expanded which will subsequently lead to increased participation. 

At the same time, the charity will be able to press on with plans to introduce support sessions for both children and their parents.  These will help them to build relationships and others experiencing the same challenges and hopefully enable them to develop their own support network.

Sue Cunningham, CEO, GL Communities says: 

We are delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way.  Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to broaden the range of opportunities available to vulnerable adults, parents and families.  This is important to us as ‘everybody deserves a chance’. 

Michael Burrows, Volunteer at the Phoenix Community Centre says:

I am made to feel very welcome and I also feel valued by the members of staff.  During ‘national volunteer week’ I was presented with a certificate in recognition for my efforts.  Thank you!



Sue Cunningham (CEO) on 01452-505544


Notes to Editors

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.  Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and warded over £9 billion to projects that have benefitted 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.