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Lottery grant for city charity

Southampton charity, Monty’s Community Hub has received £40,731 from the People’s Health Trust with money raised by the Health Lottery South East for their ‘Monty’s Bike Hub’ project.

The two year project, based in the housing estates of Sholing and Bitterne brings people together to repair and re-sell second hand bikes. It is focused on bringing opportunities for people to gain skills and qualifications.

Monty’s Bike Hub is run by Josh who has been working to engage children in the local community for five years.

The project engages with local schools to provide pupils experiencing disadvantages with the practical skills they need to get active.

Josh says: “I’ve known loads of these kids since they were 9 or 10, and now that they are in their teens, we are trying to provide positive activities that engage them at a key time in their lives. Funnily enough, they always tend to come by the bike hub when they need a hand with something or if they need a bit of advice. I suppose the best way to describe it is that they know we will be there for them, no matter what.”

The funding from People’s Health Trust has also allowed the project to demonstrate that the work they are doing is beneficial for hard to reach groups. This has meant the project is able to work with children who are in pupil referral units, giving them confidence and skills to thrive in the local community.

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