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The People’s Projects winners announced in ITV Meridian East

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The Peoples Projects
Release date:
16 3 2016

The public have voted and the winners of the The People’s Projects competition in ITV Meridian East have been announced tonight.

The Big Lottery Fund teamed up with ITV and The National Lottery to give the UK public the chance to decide how £3 million of funding could make a difference in their local area.

Across the UK, 95 projects were shortlisted and competed for National Lottery funding to develop their work to improve the lives of people in their communities. Five projects were shortlisted in ITV Meridian East and the three with the most public votes are:

The All Together Now – The Ragroof Players building bridges project by The Ragroof Players CIC in Brighton. They will receive £48,950 to bring the local community together to celebrate cultural diversity, tolerance and respect, as well as what makes us different and what we can learn from one another. It will involve people of all ages, religions, ethnicities and heritages through games, music and food, and follows a previous successful event in Kent last year. The group will involve organisations, community groups and schools, working with people who have migrated to the UK and people who have always lived here.

The Dare To Live Trust with its Dare to Live - Supporting Forces in Transition project in Withyham, East Sussex. They will receive £49,250 to deliver an education and life skills programme to improve wellbeing and ease the challenges for ex-servicemen and women as they make the transition into civilian life, including post-traumatic stress syndrome, anger, depression and anxiety. This will be done through a mix of classroom-based activities and exercises with horses, helping people better manage their behaviour and personal relationships, and improve their future employment opportunities.

The SMILES Project by J&S Opening Doors CIC in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. They will receive £49,142 to expand their work supporting vulnerable people, including those with mental ill health, early onset dementia and young adults looking for work. This is done through therapeutic outdoor activities like forestry, woodland management, healthy cooking, crafts and wildlife photography. These will be tailored to people’s needs, with multi-sensory activities for people with early onset dementia and job skills like teamwork and problem-solving for young people lacking confidence.

Films and more information on each of the projects are available at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk

Since 2005 the Big Lottery Fund and ITV have given the public a say in awarding more than £33 million of National Lottery funding to 675 good causes across the UK.

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Notes to Editors:

ITV broadcast regions in The People’s Projects: ITV Anglia East; ITV Anglia West; ITV Central East; ITV Central West; ITV Granada; ITV London; ITV Meridian East; ITV Meridian West; ITV Tyne Tees; ITV Westcountry East; ITV Westcountry West, ITV Yorkshire North; ITV Yorkshire South; STV West; STV East; STV North; STV Border; UTV; and ITV Wales.

  • The People’s Projects is a partnership between Big Lottery Fund, ITV and the National Lottery which gives the public the chance to have a say in how Lottery funding is spent in their community through an online vote.
  • 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 visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk 
  • The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in 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. Every year we fund 13,000 small local projects tackling big social problems like poor mental health and homelessness.
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.