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£150,000 of National Lottery funding up for grabs across Wales in The People’s Projects

April 16, 2018

Five local community groups across Wales are set to compete for up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding each. The People’s Projects is giving these groups a chance to go head to head compete in a public vote to help them make an extraordinary difference to their community.

For 13 years, the Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery have been teaming up to give the public a chance to decide where National Lottery money should go in their local area.

The three projects in Wales with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000. This will help them to continue their work to bring people together, build stronger communities and make a difference to people’s lives.

Voting opens at today at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk.

ITV Wales regional evening news will feature the projects at 6pm over five nights, starting on Monday 16 April when the Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Cardiff People First in Cardiff will be featured. If successful, this community group will receive £36,412 to run a Challenge where they support participants to take part in walks within the Brecon Beacons, and across Wales, which will both make them fitter and more confident. They will also hold trips for people with mobility difficulties.

On Tuesday it will be the turn of Global Gardens Project by The Trinity Project in Cardiff. They hope to receive £49,241 for a project to promote intercultural communication at their allotment site in Cardiff through gardening, cooking and eating bringing together refugees, asylum seekers and the wider community, and supporting the health and wellbeing of the participants. They will also build a toilet on the site so that they can make it more accessible for people to take part.

Wednesday it will be the Green Team by Brecon Active Inclusion Group. They are competing for £19,821 to work with young people living in and around Brecon to help them overcome mental and physical health issues. As part of the project they will provide rural skills training to allow the young people to gain qualifications, share their learning and work with the local community to improve their green spaces.

Thursday’s programme will feature Happy Holidays by 3D Kids in Anglesey), who hope to receive £49,300. This community group hope to use the funds to will work with young people with severe disabilities and their families that live in rural and isolated communities in Anglesey. The project will buy an adaptive caravan to be able to transport young people with mobility difficulties. They will also support them and their families by organising day trips, community coffee mornings, and discos that will improve people’s confidence and to increase social cohesion.

The final project to be shown on Friday will be My Time To Be Me by Amy and Friends In Rhyl). If successful, they will receive £49,750 to involve setting up more groups for children and young adults who have a parent or sibling with a life limiting illness. The project will also employ a Sibling Support Worker to work with the young people who may have faced bereavement or other challenges.

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!”

Joe Ferns, UK Funding Director of the Big Lottery, said: “As the largest funder of community activity in the UK, we are proud to support grassroots groups that are using the vision, determination and drive of local people to strengthen communities. The People’s Projects showcases the best of these and is a chance for you to have your say on how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community.”

Since 2005, around £39 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 865 Good Causes across the UK.

Voting closes at midday on Monday 30 April 2018 and the results will be announced Thursday 3 May 2018. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote*. To vote and for Ts & Cs please visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk

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