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Lancaster charity awarded more than £75,000 from National Lottery to help empower young people

A Lancaster charity has been awarded more than £75,000 from National Lottery for a project aimed at helping empower young people.

Escape2Make has received a grant of £75,600 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for an exciting Heritage Market Festival in Lancaster that will be produced by 11-18-year-olds later this year.

This pioneering project is made possible by the generous contributions of National Lottery players, and is set to preserve and celebrate Lancashire’s rich cultural heritage, ensuring its accessibility and relevance for generations to come.

The Heritage Market Festival will take place in Market Square, Lancaster on Sunday December 17 in collaboration with Lancaster City Museums to coincide with their 100th Anniversary celebrations.

The event will showcase the talents of young people through 10 five-week creative programs and 5 one-off workshops, including pottery, jewellery making, coffee making, theatrical storytelling and so much more, each led by a local creative professional or organisation.

Saul Argent, Chief Operating Officer of E2M, stated, "We are immensely grateful for the support from National Lottery players.

‘’This project exemplifies our dedication to preserving our heritage while fostering a brighter future for young people in Lancaster & Morecambe."

By engaging in immersive educational activities, enterprising opportunities, and creative skill development programs, the project is set to empower young people, enhancing their quality of life and expanding their future prospects.

Jenny Natusch, founder of E2M, said “By collaborating with The National Lottery Heritage Fund & Lancaster City Museums, we hope this unique endeavour will create a lasting positive change in our community.

‘’This grant will enable us to further our mission and ensure that our heritage remains vibrant and accessible for all.”

Councillor Catherine Potter from Lancaster City Council, Cabinet Member with particular responsibility for Visitor Economy, Community Wealth Building and Culture said “Lancaster City Museums are delighted to be working with Escape2Make on this innovative project.

‘’In this centenary year it is fitting that the final event will focus on the future, engaging young people with their heritage at the same time as improving skills and wellbeing.”

Escape2Make was founded by Jenny Natusch in 2018 with the aim of creating kind, welcoming and safe spaces that allow 11-18s to escape and make things, make friends and make a difference.

Activities are free for all participants to ensure the most diverse participation. The charity host ongoing clubs as well as curating annual events such as festivals, cabarets and heritage markets.

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