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

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The Peoples Projects
Release date:
16 3 2017

Five projects across ITV Calendar North 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 Calendar North regional evening news will feature the projects at 6pm over five nights, starting on Monday 20 March when the All Together Now project by Arch-Way Project in Halifax will be featured. If successful, this community organisation will receive £40,550 to offer a variety of social and therapeutic activities for older people who are at risk of developing, or who already live with, dementia. Activities will include massage, a Christmas party and live music. This will help to alleviate the symptoms of dementia and improve mental health by reducing stress and anxiety often associated with the condition.

On Tuesday it will be the turn of the Growing Together project by Cross Green Community Group in Leeds. They hope to receive £31,232 for the project to run gardening activities which will encourage local people to grow, cook and eat their own fresh food. An outreach programme will also be offered so the group can engage with isolated and vulnerable people and offer them support and advice. This will enable those taking part to develop their skills and meet new people, as well as providing access to a support network for those who need it.

Wednesday it will be the Helping Carers Care project by Wakefield and District Carers Care in Wakefield. They are competing for £35,961 which will help provide a programme of support activities for unpaid carers in the local area. Activities will include counselling services, complementary therapy sessions and a programme called Looking After Me, which will enable participants to focus on their own needs and aspirations. This will improve the mental and physical health and wellbeing of carers.

Thursday’s programme will feature the Outdoor Adventure Club project by Get Out More CIC in Keighley, who hope to receive £ 42,625. This community group will run outdoor activities for children, young people and their families from disadvantaged backgrounds. This will include outdoor games, woodcraft and campfire cooking. The activities will bring people together and allow them to develop their skills. It will also enable the group to increase its capacity to work with more families.

The final project to be shown on Friday will be the Something for Everyone project by Campsall 4a Trust in Doncaster. If successful, they will receive £50,000 to run a variety of activities for the local community, including parent and toddler groups, summer holiday sports sessions for young people and crafts activities for older people. This will enable people from disadvantaged backgrounds and rural villages to come together, reducing isolation and improving community relations.

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 Calendar North 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.