Belford scheme needs your support to win £50,000

A Belford charity is in line to receive nearly £50,000 - but it needs your vote.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 29 February, 2016, 07:00
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The Waffling On Hits the Road project by SpLinter Group is one of five schemes shortlisted for a competition running on ITV Tyne Tees this week.

The Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery have teamed up to give the UK public the chance to decide how £3 million of Big Lottery funding will make a difference in their local area.

The three projects with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000. Voting is now open at thepeoplesprojects.org.uk.

The Big Lottery Fund wanted to celebrate some of the incredible projects it has funded and has worked with ITV to shortlist 95 projects across the UK. Projects in each region will compete for National Lottery funding to develop their work even further to improve the lives of people in their communities.

ITV Tyne Tees regional evening news will feature the projects at 6pm over five nights starting tonight when the Men’s Shed – a project of Footprints in the Community in East Cleveland will be featured. If successful the group will receive £49,975 to extend its Men’s Shed service, providing a place for men to chat and make friends, learn new skills, share their problems, have a laugh and be themselves. This would involve opening a new Shed in the East Cleveland area of Skelton, so more people can take part in the activities and have a reason to get up in the mornings. This will be kitted out with new woodwork equipment and tools to encourage men to be physically and mentally active, and improve their wellbeing.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) it will be the turn of Oasis Aquila Housing Ltd and their Oasis Aquila Housing IT Champion project in Gateshead. They hope to receive £30,450 to provide access to IT equipment in its hostels and supported accommodation projects for vulnerable young people, families and rough sleepers. There will also be interactive sessions to help people improve their skills and discover the benefits of the internet. This will help people access online services like welfare benefits and housing, and improve their chances of finding work. They will also have support using social media to stay in touch with family and friends.

On Wednesday it will be the Sky High – Help for Heroes project by The North East Military Vehicle Club in Peterlee. They are competing for £49,440 to offer trips and activities for injured soldiers. This will include workshops and subterranean climbing at Honister Slate Mine, water sports and open water swimming at Lake Windermere, steam railway activities at Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum, mountain biking at Whinlatter Pass and Forest and jeep excursions at Wray Castle. This will help soldiers transition back into the community, make new friends and reduce feelings of isolation.

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Thursday’s programme will feature the Sunderland Young Carers Rainbows and Rollercoaster project by Sunderland Carers Centre who hope to receive £49,865 to support young carers and help them get their voices heard. They will create a video, using their own stories as examples, to train staff in schools and health services about their needs. There will be workshops such as cooking, first aid and fire safety, as well as sessions on keeping active and healthy. The group will also run a holiday scheme to help people develop friendships, boost their confidence and self-esteem, and raise their future aspirations.

The final project to be shown will be the Waffling On Hits the Road project by SpLinter Group in Belford on Friday. If successful, the group will receive £49,860 to expand its project supporting people with learning disabilities to gain new skills and confidence through running a waffle stall. The stall will be taken to more venues and events so the public and employers better understand and include people with learning disabilities. Participants will learn about things like health and safety, food hygiene and customer service to improve their job prospects. The group will also offer practical support to employers.

ITV’s Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid said: “The People’s Projects is an exciting opportunity for you to make a difference to your community. All you have to do to get involved is vote. We are showcasing shortlisted projects across ITV Tyne Tees so you’ll see who is competing for the funding in your area. So tune in and get voting!”

Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund chief executive, said: “Each year we make 13,000 awards to groups and projects that make lives and communities better. The People’s Projects put you in charge of where money will be spent where you live, so make sure that you get online to pick your winning project.”

Voting closes at midday on Sunday 13 March. People can only vote once per region and will need an email address to vote. To vote go to www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk

Since 2005 the Big Lottery Fund and ITV have given the public a say in awarding more than £30 million of National Lottery funding to 600 good causes across the UK.