The Old Courts has received £194,330 National Lottery support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage

The Old Courts has received £194,330 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help ensure a safe future for their heritage spaces and activity for communities in Wigan and beyond!

Since the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown began The Old Courts has been working on ways to adapt their entertainment to a virtual environment. The Old Courts developed The Old Courts Live featuring regular music, poetry, family, workshop events and more. They also wanted to offer help within the community, so we assembled a team of fantastic volunteers to deliver a Covid-19 Community Response programme. Working with Wigan Council and Fur Clempt, they delivered food and welfare parcels to those in need as well as operating a phone line for people who are isolated or lonely and need a chat. Their telephone service is still in operation and have so far they have made/ received over 800 calls.

Jonny Davenport – Artistic Director at Arts At The Mill CIC t/a The Old Courts said: “Thanks to the National Lottery and its players we can now focus on positively impacting our community, embracing heritage and place-making with infinitely less existential worries. It has been a horrendous time for us prior to this support and we are eternally grateful for the difference it will make. We’re grateful that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time – it’s a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage and their community.”

The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. £50million was made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector.

The UK-wide fund aimed to address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as The Old Courts during this uncertain time.”

Like The Old Courts, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.

Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, including heritage of local and national importance. By playing The National Lottery, people up and down the country are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund is now closed for applications.

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