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

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The Peoples Projects
Release date:
6 4 2017

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

The Children’s Wood, Chris’s House and Rape Crisis Centre  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 West are:

Children’s Wood Community Outdoor Hub Development Project by The Children’s Wood in Glasgow, which received £50,000 to expand providing community events, outdoor learning and volunteering activities to bring local people together. They will offer forest school sessions to support young children making the transition from nursery to primary school, alongside outdoor training sessions for teachers, afterschool clubs and summer holiday clubs. This will encourage people to get outdoors, play and learn from others.

Chris’s House – The Living Room by Chris’s House in Wishaw, which received £50,000 to provide peer support, intervention and assistance to people who are suicidal. The project will provide a community hub that will create opportunities for interactions and connections to be made with other people, groups and services. It will offer an IT suite for skills training, a ‘let's talk’ café run by peers, dance and music classes, therapy, a sensory therapeutic room, an additional therapy room for reiki, massage and aromatherapy, and will also employ a development worker.

Rape Crisis Survivors' Trauma Recovery Groupwork Project by Rape Crisis Centre in Glasgow, which got a grant of £44,391 to expand their work programme for women from black and minority ethnic communities, including women who have experienced female genital mutilation. They will develop their current work to be more inclusive and reach out to more women, including disabled women and women who suffer from addiction. The group will also extend their support services to partners and family members.

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.