Kairos in Soho, a charity which provides support and activities for the LGBT community, is celebrating after receiving two lottery grants totalling almost £1 million.

The organisation, based in Archer Street, was awarded the grants by the Big Lottery Fund.

The first cheque, of £499,843, will go towards the In Our Name project, which aims to improve the support and representation of LGBT charities and community groups across London.

The second, for £496,334, will be used by the charity to launch its its four-year Second Generation project developed tp contribute to LGBT family and friends’ increased understanding and awareness of LGBT issues and needs.

The project involves workshops, outreach and events to get LGBT Londoners talking about the changes they most want to see and the services that can best support their needs.

Chief executive officer of KiS, Jane Standing, said: “It is hugely rewarding that the Big Lottery Fund has agreed to fund two significant projects for London’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

“It is very encouraging to see bigger funders supporting grassroots action. Lots of people and organisations, including those that are smaller and diverse, have contributed to making this happen.”