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£150k of National Lottery funding has been won across STV North

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The Peoples Projects
Release date:
6 4 2017

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

Fyrish Gymnastics Club, Scottish Alliance of Regional Equality Councils Ltd and Siblings Together and Reunited (STAR) 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 STV North are:

Fyrish Gymnastics Club by Fyrish Gymnastics Club in Alness, which was awarded £48,624 to expand their outreach work in schools, employ an outreach development coordinator and identify more young people to become peer leaders. As well as offering traditional gymnastics the group will launch 'Street Gym' classes in schools aimed at disengaged young people.

Supporting Victims of Hate Crime by Scottish Alliance of Regional Equality Councils Ltd in Aberdeen, which got a grant of £47,249 to increase capacity to deliver advice, support and advocacy services for victims of hate crime in Grampian, Central Scotland, West of Scotland and Edinburgh, and the Lothians. Services will be delivered by specialist staff tailored to people's needs. The project also will provide a safe and secure space for people for report prejudice and hate crime.

A STAR for all seasons by Siblings Together and Reunited (STAR) in Cupar, which received £46,800 to provide various activities for siblings so they can spend quality time together in a supervised and safe environment. The project will help the organisation’s volunteer base increase and develop in response to the growing demand for its services by recruiting and training more people. The project’s websites will also be updated, solar panels will be installed and a tree house will be purchased.

Director for Scotland, Big Lottery Fund, Martin Cawley, 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.”

STV's deputy director of channels, Elizabeth Partyka, said: "Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to STV viewers for watching our special programmes and voting for their favourite good cause. The People's Projects is a great opportunity for viewers to support some of Scotland's many fantastic projects and help make an impact on local communities across Scotland."

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. 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.
  • STV is Scotland’s leading digital media brand, providing consumers with quality content on air, online and on demand.
  • STV also delivers city TV for Scotland’s largest cities. STV Glasgow launched in June 2014 and STV Edinburgh launched in January 2015.  Both channels are available on Freeview channel 8 and, Sky channel 117 and Virgin channel 159 and, combined, reach 800,000 viewers each month making them one of the top best watched digital channels in the broadcast area.
  • STV’s existing city TV channels will soon be rebranded and combined with three new licenses for Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee under one distinct brand, STV2.