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£150,000 of National Lottery funding up for grabs across the Wales ITV region in The People's Projects

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The Peoples Projects
Release date:
16 3 2017

Five projects across ITV Wales 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 Wales regional evening news will feature the projects at 6pm over five nights, starting on Monday 20 March when Bringing Back Balance by Elderfit in Cardiff will be featured. If successful, this community organisation will receive £47,480 to expand its work supporting older people to stay fit and healthy by producing an easy-to-follow exercise DVD, focusing on increasing their confidence, strength and balance to reduce their likelihood of falling. They will also train more people in strength and balance qualifications to expand their area of working and increase the number of people being supported.

On Tuesday it will be the turn of The Food Shed - Community Kitchen by The Food Shed Community Interest Company in Bridgend. They hope to receive £50,000 to install a catering kitchen to provide training, support and employment for ex-offenders in the community to provide healthy meals for local older people and vulnerable adults. The project will improve people’s skills and employment opportunities. It will also enable the group to offer meals to more people in the community.

Wednesday it will be The Leonard Cheshire Centenary Garden Project by Leonard Cheshire Disability in Newport. They are competing for £50,000 to create new and enhanced opportunities for people with disabilities to enjoy gardening and cooking, alongside establishing a wildlife watch network and strengthening their care home network. Activities will look to reduce social isolation and give people better opportunities to learn more about their local environment.

Thursday’s programme will feature The Worldwide Kitchen by Oasis in Cardiff who hope to receive £50,000. This community group hope to use the funds to renovate the facilities and employ a catering manager in their kitchen to help improve the lives of refugees that access their free and good quality meals. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to improve their English and learn new cooking skills, boosting their confidence and giving them more employment opportunities.

The final project to be shown on Friday will be the Western Beacons Mountain Search and Rescue Water Safety project by Western Beacons Mountain Search and Rescue Team in Bridgend.  If successful, they will receive £44,100 to purchase new equipment and train new and existing members so they can provide greater, and more responsive, aid in flood rescue emergencies in South and West Wales. This will include a rescue raft, personal protection equipment and a dedicated vehicle to respond to call outs involving flooding and searches near water, both locally and nationally.

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 Wales 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.