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£150,000 of National Lottery funding up for grabs across the London ITV region in the People’s Projects

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The Peoples Projects
Release date:
16 3 2017

Five projects across ITV London 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 London regional evening news will feature the projects at 6pm over five nights, starting on Monday 20 March when the Autism Friendly Activities for All by Stand Out for Autism CIC in Maidenhead will be featured. If successful, this community organisation will receive £46,060 to expand its programme of activities designed for the differing needs of people with autism, in terms of both age and ability, as well as their families. These will run weekly at community locations and will include an after-school multi-activity club for children aged 5 to 13, a Friday night youth club for 13 to 18 year olds and adult multi-sport sessions.

On Tuesday it will be the turn of Fit for Caring by Kingston Carers’ Network in Kingston. They hope to receive £49,990 to run activities to improve the emotional and physical health of carers of all ages. Fitness sessions will be run for people of all abilities, including at evenings and weekends. There will also be assessments to support people to live more healthily and workshops on issues like cooking, stress management and diabetes prevention. They will also build a gym available to the community.

Wednesday it will be Haircuts4Homeless in Stanford Le Hope. They are competing for £46,040 to expand their work offering free haircuts to homeless people by skilled hairdressers. The funding will be used to recruit more volunteers and keep them motivated so they can support around 10,000 homeless people a year. The haircuts will provide a therapeutic and enjoyable experience for people, as well as helping to boost their self-esteem.

Thursday’s programme will feature PramDepot on the Move by PramDepot CIC in Wood Green, who hope to receive £49,854. This community group will use the funds to provide high quality recycled baby clothes and equipment for women who are vulnerable or facing financial difficulties, including asylum seekers, victims of domestic violence and those with mental health issues. The funding will be used to run a delivery service to distribute donations to a range of organisations all over London, extending the group’s reach to support more women.

The final project to be shown on Friday will be Skaterham - A Closer Community by Skaterham- CR3 Youth Project in Caterham. If successful, they will receive £50,000 to fund a new community cafe at its skate park and a new minibus to support members and local groups. The skate park already has an active membership of 6,000 people, ranging from five to 25 years of age, and provides an affordable, safe and secure space for young people. The cafe will provide a new space for local residents to get together and socialise.

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 London 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.