- The Peoples Projects
- Release date:
- 6 4 2017
Three projects across ITV Calendar South have each won up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding to support their local communities.
FareShare Yorkshire, JOEL the Complete Package and Lost Chord won the most public votes in The People’s Projects, which saw 95 projects across the UK compete for grants to develop their work further.
The People’s Projects is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, ITV/STV and The National Lottery which gives the public the chance to decide how £3 million of National Lottery funding could make a difference in their local area.
The three projects that received the most public votes in ITV Calendar South are:
Creating Pathways into Work for Disadvantaged Local People by FareShare Yorkshire in Barnsley, which received £48,300 to provide training for local unemployed people so they can gain the necessary skills, experience and qualifications to get into work. While doing this, they will volunteer at FareShare, which redistributes surplus food from the food industry to local charities. This will help unemployed people enter the job market and increase the number of charities the group can support.
Rainbow Rocks by JOEL the Complete Package in Worksop, which was awarded £50,000 to develop a range of resources and literature to support families through pregnancy and parenting after the loss of a baby. Families will be encouraged to document their feelings, which can be therapeutic and improve mental wellbeing. The funding will also enable the group to raise awareness of the services they offer.
Lost Chord - Where words fail, music speaks by Lost Chord in Rotherham, which got a grant of £49,884 to visit residential homes and day centres to run music sessions for people living with dementia. The project will use music to stimulate the areas of the brain that are still intact, maintaining communication with people with dementia as the condition progresses through its different stages. The music sessions will improve people's quality of life and wellbeing.
Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to be supporting this year’s winners in The People’s Projects. They are using National Lottery funding to bring people together and give them the opportunity to build their skills, make new friends and learn from one another. We want to congratulate these great projects and look forward to seeing the positive difference they make to local communities.”
Films and more information on each of the projects are available at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk
Since 2005, around £39 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, The National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 865 Good Causes across the UK.
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Notes to Editors:
- The National Lottery was created in 1994 with the ambition of changing lives across the nation. To date, over 4,400 new millionaires have been created and over £36 billion has been raised for Good Cause projects.
- Every time you play The National Lottery, you are making a difference, by contributing towards the staggering £30 million raised every week for good causes. Every part of the UK is reached, and over 500,000 projects have been funded, averaging 160 projects per postcode. These projects help to build local communities, power sports teams, save the environment, unleash creative talent, empower the elderly, unlock young potential and help change our nation for the better.
- The People’s Projects is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, ITV and the National Lottery which gives the public the chance to have a say in how National Lottery funding is spent in their community.
- The competition funds projects that improve the lives of people and communities across the UK.
- This year 57 awards of up to £50,000 are up for grabs across the UK – three awards in each ITV region.
- For more information on shortlisted groups and voting visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk
- The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. We put people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
- We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Last year we awarded £583 million and supported around 12,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
- Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.