The public has had their say! Three local community groups celebrate after winning public vote for more National Lottery funding
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- The public has had their say! Three local community groups celebrate after winning public vote for more National Lottery funding
Three STV West based community groups have won a public vote and up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding in this year’s The People’s Projects. The money was awarded after Free Wheel North, Special Needs Adventure Playground and Inclusive Skating won the public over with their plans to make a life changing difference to their local communities.
The groups were amongst 95 worthwhile projects competing across the UK for a share of £3 million. Each was featured on STV West’s evening news programme, 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.
The Free Wheel Café project by Free Wheel North, in Glasgow, received £50,000 to allow people who have a range of additional support needs to take part in cycling activities on Glasgow Green. The group will also further develop their Glasgow Green Cycling Centre by creating a new community cafe/refreshment space from recycled shipping containers to improve facilities for all the people who use the centre.
The SNAP Steps Up project by Special Needs Adventure Playground, in East Kilbride, was awarded £49,650 to divide their current holiday play scheme for children with additional support needs and disabilities into two separate schemes for primary school and secondary school children. This will allow them to double the amount of children that can use the service and to help meet demand.
The Skate for All project by Inclusive Skating, based in Glasgow, was granted £50,000 to create a range of videos for coaches and volunteers so they can run inclusive skating sessions for people living with disabilities. They will also be able to fund sessional costs for Inclusive Skating Development coaches to help ice rinks implement the sessions
The People’s Projects is a partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund, ITV, STV 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.
Martin Cawley, Scotland Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “The People’s Projects highlights the fantastic things communities are doing across Scotland 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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