THREE LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS CELEBRATE AFTER WINNING PUBLIC VOTE FOR MORE NATIONAL LOTTERY FUNDING
POPULAR Harlow Theatre company Livewire has won over £36,000 in funding after beating off close to a 100 other groups
The Livewire trust won the public over with their plans to make a life changing difference to their local communities.
The group was amongst 95 worthwhile projects competing across the UK for a share of £3 million. Each had their work featured on prime time TV, giving the public a chance to see their fantastic work and then make the tough choice of where the money should go.
After being chosen by voters from across the region, the three groups will now use this new funding to continue their work to bring people together, strengthen their communities and make a difference to people’s lives.
Livewire – Community Theatre For Young People by The Livewire Trust in Harlow Town, was awarded £36,402 to run weekly theatre-based workshops for young people, often from challenging backgrounds, to promote self-esteem, create positive relationships with peers and adults, and increase theatre skills. The group will provide young people with free access to arts with the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour in the local community.
Minidonks by Miniature Donkey’s for Wellbeing Ltd in Norfolk, received £49,780 to encourage positive mental wellbeing for different groups through facilitating therapeutic visits from miniature donkeys. The project will support people in a variety of settings, from residents of care and nursing homes to inpatients and Neuro-rehabilitation units. The group will also create more volunteering opportunities, helping people to build confidence and gain therapeutic benefits whilst assisting others.
Wellies On by Wellies-On Community Interest Company in Colchester, was granted £49,360 to promote community spirit by running cross-generation working opportunities on its community allotment and farm. The group will give people from different backgrounds the opportunity to learn new skills in areas including horticulture, cooking, animal care and supporting people with additional needs. This will encourage new shared experiences and help to build new friendships in the local area.
The People’s Projects is a partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund, ITV and The National Lottery. Since 2005 it has given the public a unique say in how National Lottery money should be put to good use in their local area.
The People’s Projects celebrates some of the incredible projects supported by The National Lottery Community Fund – the UK’s largest funder of community activities. This year, 95 community groups across the UK were shortlisted, with five groups going head to head in each region.
Joe Ferns, UK Funding Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “The People’s Projects highlights the fantastic things communities are doing across the UK to enable people to thrive. In every village, town and city, local groups are working together to turn great ideas into reality and deliver the change people want to see in their area.
“We’re really excited to see this year’s winners use National Lottery funding to strengthen their local community and support people to lead happier and healthier lives.”
The People’s Projects has awarded around £45 million to over 1,000 good causes across the UK since it started in 2005.
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