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Community project in Barking wins £311k grant from the Big Lottery Fund

PUBLISHED: 12:13 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:13 17 July 2017

Margaret Hodge, Tricia Zipfel, who helped with the funding bid, and Andy Roberts. Picture: MARGARET HODGE

Margaret Hodge, Tricia Zipfel, who helped with the funding bid, and Andy Roberts. Picture: MARGARET HODGE

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A project based at a school in Barking which aims to improve the lives of residents has won a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

The community initiative has been awarded £311,558 following a bid from Dame Margaret Hodge, Labour MP for Barking and Andy Roberts, headteacher of Barking Riverside School.

The scheme, which is based at Andy’s school in Thames Road, hopes to develop initiatives to improve the environment, health outcomes, provide more skills and job opportunities in the Thames ward.

It will bring together other schools, community groups and residents to achieve its goal.

Margaret said: “This project will make a huge difference to the area and will help to develop community activity, uniting the old and new communities in the ward.”

Andy added: “This is a fantastic achievement for Riverside School and demonstrates our commitment to serving our students and the wider local community.”

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