IT was you for several projects in Taunton Deane and West Somerset who have been awarded a combined total of more than £300,000 from the National Lottery.

Winners in the latest round of Big Lottery Fund handouts include:

  • La Leche League Taunton and Villages gets £2,260.80 for a weekly breastfeeding support group for mothers and to train more counsellors.
  • Reminiscence Learning , Taunton Deane, £7,850 for People Make the World Go Round event to celebrate different cultures and improve knowledge and learning around dementia.
  • North Town School Association, £8,040.50 for iPads With Archie, an intergenerational IT project to raise awareness of the effects of dementia.
  • Trull Parish Council, £8,169 for The Trull Kickwall Project, a rebound wall for ball games.
  • Oake Parish Council, £8,857 for a survey of the community's needs and wishes to help produce a neighbourhood plan.
  • Minehead Connect, £9,100 for a public consultation into the regeneration of a local building into a community hub.
  • CSE, £9,996 to target fuel poverty in West Somerset through improved training materials, partnership working and using measuring tools to monitor heating systems in residents’ homes.
  • All Saints Church of England School, Dulverton, £10,000 for early years outdoor play area.
  • Compass Disability Services, Taunton, £10,000 for a men's shed offering men at risk of loneliness the chance to get involved in craft and creative activities.
  • Hawkridge Village Hall, £10,000 for the car park to ensure the sustainability of the community-use building.
  • Nynehead Jubilee Playing Field, £10,000 for play equipment.
  • Holford and District Village Hall, £211,000 to refurbish the building to help meet demand from community groups.

James Harcourt, England grant making director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: "We are proud to be able to distribute National Lottery money to community projects that are making a real difference in the South West.

"When you hear about projects like these, you realise the incredible impact the money generated by National Lottery players is having on communities across England. It really is life changing."