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Sharing Heritage: ‘Souls Migrated’ Project of WiN celebrates £10k Heritage Lottery Fund grant

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Souls Migrated

WiN (Women in Neighbourhoods) has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant, it was announced today. This exciting project, ‘Souls Migrated’ is based in Bolton and led by WiN has been given £10k to make a short documentary about people who have migrated from other places and have chosen to make Bolton their home.
‘Souls Migrated’ will work with residents from various cultures and backgrounds. There will be opportunities for volunteers to learn new skills and develop existing ones. A minimum of 12 young people will be trained to develop media and communication skills. This project will organise sessions for BME communities, refugees and asylum seekers encouraging intergenerational sharing experiences of settling in Bolton and memories of countries of origin. These memories and experiences will feature in a documentary.
Commenting on the award, Gulnaz Brennan, Founder of WiN, said: “it’s great that we have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started. With over 70 languages spoken in Bolton and people coming and settling from all over the world, the project will involve talking to people, recording their memories and sharing their experiences. It will hopefully change people perceptions and stereotypes and help make people more understanding and tolerant of other peoples beliefs, cultures and traditions.”

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Nathan Lee, regional HLF head Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that ‘Souls Migrated’ can embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”
About WiN ( Women in Neighbourhoods)
WiN was established in April 2013 and helps and supports women in Bolton neighbourhoods. We work on THREE principles: EDUCATE, EMPOWER & CELEBRATE
WiN (Women in Neighbourhoods) is a not-for-profit group dedicated to the women of Bolton. WiN helps and supports women in most deprived neighbourhoods throughout Bolton. WiN aims for women empowerment & gender equality. We deliver a variety of sessions ranging from art, IT, healthy lifestyle etc WiN aims to create awareness of women issues through various methods, including digital and print medium, WiN believes in the ABCD concept – Asset Based Community Development.

WiN celebrates positive women role-models through its Annual Inspirational Women Awards.
More information on various projects can be found at:
www.winbolton.co.uk
www.wininspirationalawards.co.uk

Sharing Heritage
1Sharing Heritage is for any not-for-profit group wanting to explore their community’s heritage. With a commitment from HLF of £3m each year, Sharing Heritage grants between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to groups who want to discover their local heritage. Projects can cover a wide spectrum of subject matter from exploring local archaeology and a community’s cultures and traditions to identifying and recording local wildlife and protecting the surrounding environment to managing and training volunteers, and holding festivals and events to commemorate the past.

Heritage Lottery Fund
From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. www.hlf.org.uk.

For further information, images and interviews, please contact
Gulnaz Brennan @win.selfhelp@gmail.com /07429063699

(photo credits: Anjan Ghosh)

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