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

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Area:
England
Programme:
The Peoples Projects
Release date:
16 3 2017

Five projects across ITV Central West 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 Central West regional evening news will feature the projects at 6pm over five nights, starting on Monday 20 March when the Building from Broken Pieces project by Breaking the Silence (BTSUK) in Birmingham will be featured. If successful, this community organisation will receive £40,015 to raise awareness and support those affected by domestic abuse, forced marriage and human trafficking. The project will help women move from victims to survivors using creative arts therapy, including drama, creative writing and music, individual face-to-face and telephone counselling, reflection sessions, and group and peer support.

On Tuesday it will be the turn of the Gatis Growing Community project by the Acts of Random Caring Community Interest Company in Wolverhampton. They hope to receive £49,800 for a project to expand the activities if offers to support the local community. This includes arts and crafts, nature activities, bush craft, food growing and healthy eating. This will support a range of groups from across the local community, including young people, disabled people and those with learning difficulties, and create volunteering opportunities.

Wednesday it will be the HorsePower project by CHOICEScic in Lichfield. They are competing for £43,288 to deliver one-to-one counselling and therapy groupwork for children, young people and adults based around working with horses. People using the service have the opportunity to work through issues which may be preventing them from engaging fully within their family unit, work, school or within their community.

Thursday’s programme will feature New Hope Lodge - For the Future project by New Hope Lodge in Worcester, who hope to receive £47,500. This community group hope to use the funds to provide a service to young adults aged between 18 and 25 years, catering to each person’s likes and interests, needs and aspirations. The project aims to help young adults grow and develop, along with updating and renewing equipment and organising new opportunities. Those using the service will also be able to gain retail work experience to help improve future employment prospects.

The final project to be shown on Friday will be Special Hands Community Support by What Makes You Different Makes You Beautiful: Special Needs Support Network in Malvern. If successful, they will receive £49,470 to support families that have children with disabilities or additional needs by providing an outreach service for parents and carers. The special needs support network will work with the child and their family through one-to-one sessions and build on early intervention through play, sensory activities and social interaction. Parents and children will be able to gain a positive experience around their disability or additional needs.

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 Central West 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.
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