A Lynn charity’s work to tackle hate crime, exploitation and trafficking among migrant communities has been boosted by a lottery grant of more than £450,000.
King’s Lynn Area Resettlement Support (KLARS) has been given around £455,000 by the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme.
The money will be used to fund a new Emerging Communities programme, which is set to be launched early in the new year.
The project aim to help people in migrant communities across West Norfolk and Wisbech in areas like English language skills, legal rights and responsibilities, finding work and healthy living.
The programme also aims to raise cultural awareness and tackle prejudice issues.
Project manager Emma Humphrey said today: “It’s absolutely fantastic. It means we can continue our work for another three years.
“We are grateful to the Big Lottery, Reaching Communities for their continued support.
“It will enable us to develop and expand the services we provide for immigrant communities, helping them to make a positive contribution to the economic and cultural richness of our area.”
The charity currently runs two weekly drop-in sessions at its headquarters in Hospital Walk, plus two similar sessions in Wisbech.
Officials also plan to work with other agencies to help people access services they may otherwise struggle to reach and schools to spread the message of tolerance.
Ms Humphrey said there were cases of hate crime and exploitation against migrants in this area.
But she added: “A lot of the migrant communities are here to work, integrate and be part of the community. We’re trying to promote integration and tackle prejudice.”
More than 60 community groups across East Anglia have received funding in the latest round of awards through the Reaching Communities and Awards for All programmes.
Lyn Cole, the fund’s grant making director, said: “I’m really pleased to see that so many projects across the East of England will be bringing festive joy to communities, as new funding will enable them to harness talent and strengths and use these to deliver successful projects.
“At the heart of the organisations receiving funding today is their ability to support communities, deliver positive changes and help so many people make a real difference to their lives.”