HUNDREDS of families in the area will benefit from a three-year funding programme totalling £187,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
The money, secured by Ellesmere Port Education Improvement Partnership, will provide a wide programme of arts activities.
In the first year, opportunities will include dance with partners Cheshire Dance, the development of a new play with Action Transport Theatre and a Big Art project for secondary school pupils and their families.
New clubs offered through the youth service by Deck Tech will enable dads and lads to create electronic music and learn sound mixing techniques.
Families will be able to make their own cartoons in digital animation courses delivered by Mersey Grid Ltd.
Or they can get involved in creative craft programmes delivered in and around schools by West Cheshire College.
Programmes will be supported by volunteers recruited by volunteering body Ellesmere Port NAVCO and the University of Chester.
A range of training opportunities will also be available to give people the chance to learn a range of new and useful skills.
Recruitment of a family arts co-ordinator is currently taking place and adverts are being placed in the local press and Job Centre.
Martin Nield, chairman of Ellesmere Port Education Improvement Partnership, said: “This is a really exciting prospect for Ellesmere Port.
“We are particularly pleased that our bid was successful as we understand that we are the first in the county to win funding for family learning from the Big Lottery.
“Funding of this magnitude will bring huge opportunities for a large number of local people. We think there will be something for everyone.
“We in the Education Improvement Partnership, are really looking forward to working with our partners to deliver the programme.”