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Volunteer Centre Chesterfield looking for public vote to win £40,000 of national lottery funding

A local community group in Chesterfield is calling for the public to vote to help them secure £40,000 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s People’s Projects.

The Safe & Sound Project, which is based within The Volunteer Centre in Chesterfield and which provides emergency care to elderly and vulnerable adults, is one of five groups in The Calendar South ITV region in the running for a share of up to £150,000 of funding.

Now in its 13th year, the Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery are teaming up to give the public a chance to decide how National Lottery funding should be put to good use in their local area.

Designed to celebrate some of the incredible projects the Big Lottery Fund has supported over the past year, 95 community-based schemes are now shortlisted across the UK. In each region, the three with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000. This will help them to continue their work to improve local people’s lives. The entire amount up for grabs across the UK is a life-changing £3 million.

On Thursday April 19th on ITV, The Volunteer Centre in Chesterfield will showcase its Safe & Sound project, on ITV Calendar South regional news at 6pm. To be in with a chance of winning, The Volunteer Centre is calling on viewers to support its bid. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 16 April here.

If successful, The Volunteer Centre will use the grant to expand the current project by recruiting more volunteers giving them greater capacity to tackle as wider range of tasks as possible.

Dave Radford, Manager of The Volunteer Centre, 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, our project will make a real difference to our local community by allowing us to recruit and support more volunteers and offer much needed support to those in most need.”

Joe Ferns, UK Funding Director of the Big Lottery Fund, 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. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote.

Volunteer Centre Chesterfield

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