Lottery boost for children's cultural project

A PIONEERING project to integrate children from different backgrounds into North Devon life has received a boost from the National Lottery. The Spectrum programme helps to give children from mixed cultural backgrounds a positive sense of identity and prid

A PIONEERING project to integrate children from different backgrounds into North Devon life has received a boost from the National Lottery.The Spectrum programme helps to give children from mixed cultural backgrounds a positive sense of identity and pride in their diverse heritage. The first project of its kind in the area, Spectrum has relied on membership fees, donations and enthusiastic volunteers since it began in 2008.But thanks to �8,000 new funding from Awards for All, Victoria House Children's Centre in Barnstaple and The Olive Tree Association, the children's cultural club now has an even brighter future. The group represents diverse minority groups in North Devon, including Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Nigerian, Tanzanian, Indian, Caribbean, Brazilian, Croatian and Italian families. British-born nationals also regularly attend sessions put on by the group.Children take part in a range of sessions, including visiting local parks and festivals as well as taking part in traditional story telling, puppetry and singing activities.The group is based at Victoria House, where most of the activities take place, but the additional funding means there are now plans to expand into other areas of North DevonMaja Lelandais, a community development worker with Devon Primary Care Trust, has provided ongoing support to the group, helping to link it with local agencies including Taw and Torridge Voluntary Service.She said: "The money will mean we can reach even more families in the area and provide new types of sessions. It will also mean we can organise cultural exchange programmes and other exciting projects to increase social networks for the children.


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