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£150,000 of National Lottery funding has been won across ITV West Country West

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The Peoples Projects
Release date:
6 4 2017

Three projects across ITV West Country West have each won up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding to support their local communities.

Battling On CIC, Cornwall Accessible Activities Program and Health and Local Food for Families 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 West Country West are:

Inspiring Lives by Battling On CIC in Callington, which was awarded £50,000 to help young people with behavioural and mental health issues become more resilient. They will be supported to re-engage with education and reconnect with their families, peers and communities. The project will be led by ex-military instructors and volunteers who have themselves overcome trauma. They will act as positive role models and run workshops, outdoor activities and a volunteering project.

Changing Lives Through Food by Health and Local Food for Families in Axminster, which received £49,913 to run workshops for children, focused on shopping on a budget, simple recipes and cooking classes, giving them the skills to lead a healthier lifestyle. The sessions will offer children the opportunity to prepare food, cook and sit down together to eat. They will also learn about nutrition and how to work together as a team, communicate clearly, follow instructions and take responsibility.

Time to Shine - Unlocking the Potential of Disabled Young People by Cornwall Accessible Activities Program in Newquay, which got a grant of £46,650 to provide structured outdoor activities and events for young people with disabilities. The project will support some of the older participants to become deputies for the entire service, taking on management responsibilities. This will give them skills for future life and employment, and enable them to realise their potential. It will also provide other children and young people with relatable role models, boosting their confidence and aspirations.

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.