Footprints Conductive Education Centre, a local Nottingham charity, is calling for your vote to secure up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s People’s Projects. Footprints needs funding for their project #thesekidsCAN
- Voting opens at 9 am on Monday 1 April at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk
- The film of #thesekidsCAN project will be aired on ITV Central East on Friday 5 April.
The charity, one of five groups in the Central East region, is in the running for a share of a life-changing pot of £3 million up for grabs across the UK. Their project #thesekidsCAN will enable Footprints CEC to reach further into the community and help more families with children with disabilities. Footprints will offer more sessions during out of school hours and offer home visits. The importance of supporting parents/carers as well as their child is fundamental to the work that Footprints does.
Since 2005, the partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund, The National Lottery and ITV has given the public a say in how funding should be put to good use in their local area.
Designed to celebrate some of the incredible projects the National Lottery has supported over the past year, 95 community-based schemes are now shortlisted across the UK.
In each region, the three that receive the most public votes will each receive a grant of up to £50,000 to help them continue their work to improve local people’s lives and help their communities to thrive.
On Friday 5 April, Footprints will showcase its project #thesekidsCAN on ITV regional news at 6 pm telling local viewers why they deserve to win.
To be in with a chance of claiming the top prize, Footprints is asking people to support its bid by visiting the People’s Projects website to vote.
If successful, Footprints will use the grant to ensure that everyone who would benefit from their services can access them. For various reasons, some families are unable to attend during the week, or they don’t have the transport to travel to sessions, or their mental health is fragile and they can’t face coming to a group session.
Footprints want to offer sessions so that working parents and fathers can attend, or both parents/carers can attend at weekends. The charity also aims to provide an outreach service, visiting families in their homes to offer help and support, and teach parents/carers how to help their child develop and progress; the hope being they will eventually feel strong enough to come to the Centre, meet other parents, and work together as a group to help their children. Footprints want to help end the isolation and distress many parents/carers of children with disabilities face.
Nathalie Bailey-Flitter, Manager at Footprints said: “This is an exciting opportunity to raise awareness and support for our work, and with your help, to secure further much-needed funding. We urge local people to get behind us. If successful, this will help us to make an even bigger difference to our local community by reaching out further and becoming more accessible to many more families on a difficult journey.”
Lucie Gregory, Admin and Fundraising Support Officer at Footprints said: “As the parent of a child with a disability that regularly attends Footprints sessions, I have experienced first-hand the impact that it can have on mental health. It’s important for the mental health of parents to be taken into account, as well as children. Loneliness, anxiety and isolation is the sad reality for many parents with a child that has a disability,” said Lucie. She continues: “For a charity like Footprints, this is a life-changing amount of money, and offering a wider service could make the world of difference to many more people’s lives in and around the Nottinghamshire area.” See Lucie’s video here
Joe Ferns, UK Funding Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “As the largest funder of community activity in the UK, we are proud to support groups that are led by the vision, determination and drive of local people to strengthen communities. In previous years we have seen a wide range of successful projects, from a café supporting young carers to animal-assisted therapy for people living with dementia and the development of a bee-friendly orchard. The People’s Projects is a chance for you to have your say on how National Lottery funding can help your community to thrive.”
The People’s Projects has awarded around £42 million to 960 good causes across the UK since it started in 2005.
Voting closes at noon on Monday 15 April 2019. People can vote once per region and will need a telephone number or email address to vote. To support #thesekidsCAN and for Ts & Cs please visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk
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Notes to Editors:
The National Lottery Community Fund and The People’s Projects
- Each week, The National Lottery generates, on average, £30 million for National Lottery-funded projects – in total £39 billion has now been raised and more than 535,000 individual grants have been made across the UK an average of over 190 lottery grants in every UK postcode district, the biggest programme of civic and social regeneration since the 19th Century.
- The National Lottery has so far given away over £69 billion in prizes and created more than 5,100 millionaires or multi-millionaires since its launch in 1994.
- For further information on The National Lottery and its games, please visit: national-lottery.co.uk
- Players of all National Lottery games must be aged 16 or over.
- The People’s Projects is a partnership between The National Lottery, The National Lottery Community Fund, ITV and STV which gives the public the chance to have a say in how National Lottery funding is spent in their community.
- The People’s Projects 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 thepeoplesprojects.org.uk
National Lottery Community Fund
We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.
We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.