- The Peoples Projects
- Release date:
- 6 4 2017
Three projects across ITV Border have each won up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding to support their local communities.
Carlisle Youth Zone, Longtown Memorial Hall Community Centre and Soul Soup 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 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 ITV Border are:
Xpressions – Music & Multimedia arts for young people by Carlisle Youth Zone in Carlisle, which got a grant of £49,668 to improve music and creative multimedia arts offered to young people in the area through coaching and activities. They will use the funding to replace and expand on multimedia equipment lost in flooding to support this work. The project will conclude with a festival involving the whole community and showcasing the talents of local young people.
Better Longtown Together by Longtown Memorial Hall Community Centre in Carlisle, which was awarded £41,225 to increase the provision of activities for local people by improving facilities and hiring additional staff and volunteers. They will focus on a range of new activities and events for children and older people, including intergenerational activities. A young person’s good neighbour scheme will be established, linking young volunteers to older people in the community.
The Art and Soul project by Soul Soup in Dumfries, which received £50,000 to establish an upcycling work station and retail outlet led by young people who access the organisation's mental health support services. Young people will take part in practical tasks and identify items to upcycle and sell, as well as using creativity to upcycle the items themselves. This will boost their skills and improve their wellbeing.
Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, 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.”
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.