Charities across country celebrating huge new National Lottery funding boost

The People’s Projects is a partnership between The National Lottery, Big Lottery Fund (who distribute money raised by National Lottery players), STV and ITV to provide the public the chance to have their say in where up to £3million of National Lottery funding should go.

A community gardens project, a bread-baking initiative to help older people living in care homes and sheltered housing, and a children’s drama group are among those who will benefit this year.

Up to £3million has been awarded to 57 causes across the UK, making a massive impact on each deserving cause.

It follows months of planning for the campaign, which led to a 2 week voting window to decide which which groups and organisations would finally be declared winners out of a shortlist of 95 projects across all 19 regions

In each region, the three projects with the most public votes received grants of up to £50,000 to help them continue their work to bring people together, build stronger communities and improve the lives of thousands of people across the country.

So to show just how much you are helping incredible community groups make a difference with National Lottery funding, here’s a look at just some of this year’s The People’s Projects winners….

The Trinity Project – Global Gardens Project

After winning National Lottery funding of almost £50,000 through The People’s Projects, The Trinity Projects, Global Gardens project can’t wait to get planning and see the venture grow.

The group promotes intercultural communication at its “football pitch-sized” allotment through gardening, cooking and eating – bringing together refugees, asylum seekers and the wider community.

The National Lottery funding will help the group to expand. Co-founder Poppy Nicol says: “It will help us to create a compost toilet, develop an on-site kitchen where we can cook with the food we grow, and appoint an outreach co-ordinator to go to other centres for asylum seekers and refugees to raise awareness of what we do and get more people involved.

“It’s really exciting. When we first discovered we had been successful I just thought wow. Now we’re ready to get planning and move forward with what we want to do – we can hold out the hand of friendship, growing and sharing food to bring people together.”

Depden Farm – Minds To Mend

A FARM-based project in Suffolk, supporting adults with learning difficulties, acquired brain injuries and mental health problems, is celebrating its National Lottery funding win.

The Minds to Mend venture at Depden Care Farm, just outside Bury St Edmunds, will receive £49,790 from The People’s Projects to fund a new weekly programme for those recovering from mental health problems and create a brand-new workshop.

Director Tim Freathy, who has headed the charity on his six-acre smallholding for over three years, explains: “They spend time on the farm, tending to the animals and growing crops which we sell, and they take part in team projects like fence building and creating animal enclosures.

“National Lottery funding will pay for staff to allow us to open another day a week and help build a new fully accessible workshop to broaden the range of skills DCF offers everyone. “Winning this money will make a massive difference.”

Priority Youth Project – Moving Forward

A YOUTH project which runs a mobile homework club in Liverpool is gearing up for expansion after being awarded National Lottery funding.

Priority Youth Project, which supports almost 500 young people a year across four communities, has been chosen to receive £44,571 from The People’s Projects.

The money will be used for its Moving Forward project, kitting out a bus with computer equipment and learning resources, employing learning mentors and providing counselling.

The funding will be used for books, stationary, laptops, a projector screen and paying for Learning Mentors. It will also allow the project to provide counselling sessions.

“We show young people that we care and we want them to be successful and that makes the biggest difference,” says charity director Sarah Hughes.

  • To find out how National Lottery funding is making a difference in your area visit lotterygoodcauses.org.uk.

  • Learn more about all of The People’s Project winners and runners at thepeoplesprojects.org.uk

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