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£150,000 of National Lottery funding up for grabs across the Anglia East ITV region in the People’s Projects

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The Peoples Projects
Release date:
16 3 2017

Five projects across ITV Anglia East have been chosen to compete in a public vote for up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding to support their local communities.

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

The People’s Projects is an opportunity to celebrate some of the incredible projects the Big Lottery Fund has supported over the past year. With 95 shortlisted across the UK, the public can now decide which groups should win up to £50,000 to develop their project further.

The three projects with the most public votes in each region will receive grants of up to £50,000. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 20 March at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk

ITV Anglia East regional evening news will feature the projects at 6pm over five nights, starting on Monday 20 March when the Community Caravan project by Moving Pictures in Halstead will be featured. If successful, this community organisation will receive £49,890 to bring communities together and tackle isolation in remote villages where transport, illness and financial constraints prevent many people from going to the cinema. With a hand-picked selection of films from 1930-1960, the project will provide a mobile cinema experience for old and young, reviving community spirit and recounting the social history these films document.

On Tuesday it will be the turn of EMA Norfolk (Building Bridges) by Ethnic Minority Assocation of Norfolk in Great Yarmouth. They hope to receive £26,300 to promote cultural diversity and break down social barriers. This has three key components including community cultural celebrations, African drumming workshops and anti-radicalisation workshops, all celebrating cultural differences and helping people to reconnect through common experiences.

Wednesday it will be the Explore Your Roots project by Rooted in Nature in Norfolk. They are competing for £49,893 to increase communities’ awareness of, access, and connectivity to local green spaces, waterways and areas of natural beauty. It will be open to everyone, with a focus on encouraging participation from people experiencing difficult and complex personal challenges. The project works by providing active and engaging learning experiences and recreational activities.

Thursday’s programme will feature Transforming Young Lives: Canine Assisted Therapy & Autism by Dogs for Development CIC in Colchester, who hope to receive £50,000. This community group hope to use the funds to expand its service to reach more children and young people with autism. With creative therapy using dogs, the project enhances interaction within the autistic community by tackling social isolation, low self-esteem and depression. People work individually with the dogs, as well as in groups with their peers.

The final project to be shown on Friday will be the Young Persons' Songwriting Project by The Befriending Scheme in Sudbury. If successful, they will receive £49,851 to deliver music workshops for young people with learning disabilities, giving them the opportunity to work together to write, record and perform their own songs. Many of these young people have experienced marginalisation or have felt isolated from their communities. The project aims to tackle these issues by helping to build self-confidence, create friendships and encourage people to express themselves musically.

ITV’s Good Morning Britain Political Editor and presenter, Ranvir Singh, said: “The People’s Projects is an exciting opportunity for you to make a real difference to your community. We are showcasing some fantastic shortlisted projects across ITV Anglia East this week. All you have to do to get involved is tune in and vote for your favourite project!”

Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to support 12,000 projects every year that use the knowledge and ideas of local people to strengthen communities. The People’s Projects is a chance for you to decide how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community, so make sure you have your say on who you think should win!”

Voting closes at noon on Monday 3 April 2017 and the results will be announced on Thursday 6 April 2017. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote*. To vote and for T&Cs go to www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk

Since 2005, around £36 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 770 Good Causes across the UK.

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Notes to Editors:

*People without email addresses can vote by post by sending a postcard to ‘Freepost THE PEOPLE’S PROJECTS’. To be counted, the following details must be written on the postcard: name, address, telephone number and the name of the project voted for. Please send your postal vote by Wednesday 29 March 2017. Postal votes must be received by noon on Monday 3rd April 2017.

  • 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, 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 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. Every year we invest over £650 million and award around 12,000 grants 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.