- The Peoples Projects
- Release date:
- 6 4 2017
Three projects across ITV Meridian West have each won up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding to support their local communities.
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, Footprints Project and West Wight Sports Centre Trust Ltd 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 Meridian West are:
Surplus Food Network by Brighton & Hove Food Partnership in Brighton and Hove, which received £48,469 to expand its project redistributing food to the community that would otherwise go to landfill. This will benefit people who use food banks and local food projects, including those who are vulnerable or homeless, as well reducing food waste. The funding will enable the group to support people at more sites across the city, raise awareness and recruit more volunteers.
Life Works by Footprints Project in Poole, which was awarded £39,573 to provide mentoring and opportunities to develop work skills for ex-offenders and people who have been homeless. The project will provide a dedicated space with a variety of meaningful activities, improving the health and wellbeing of those involved, and supporting them to reintegrate back into the community as healthy and confident members of society.
C.O.O.K - Creating Opportunities in Our Kitchen by West Wight Sports Centre Trust Ltd in Freshwater, Isle of Wight, which got a grant of £42,180 to create cookery sessions within its volunteer programme to help vulnerable people feel engaged with the local community, improve their health and wellbeing, and improve their chances of securing employment. The project will focus on people with learning difficulties, mental and physical health issues, young people and those who need support in returning to work by providing work skills.
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.