December 7 2013 Latest news:
and David Freezer
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Time is running out to decide which of the 22 community projects hoping to claim a share of £250,000 from the Big EDP Lottery Fund is going to get your vote.
Voting coupons in the EDP have been allowing readers to decide which of the shortlisted organisations will get your backing, with the most popular being handed cash grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 to benefit people in their area.
The groups in contention come from all over the readership area of the Eastern Daily Press, from around Norfolk, north Suffolk and east Cambridgeshire. They work with people of all ages and backgrounds, helping to enrich their lives and provide vital support to their communities.
The EDP is profiling the 22 different groups which were shortlisted from 71 projects to have successfully applied to the Big EDP Lottery Fund.
Two groups will be featured every day through to Saturday, ahead of the deadline for voting coupons to be received by next Monday.
Kingfisher Amateur Boxing Club (£15,030)
Since establishing itself as one of the leading amateur clubs in the country, Kingfisher ABC in Gorleston has become an integral part of its community.
It is already providing much more than a ring for young boxers, and the dance studio on the lower floor is well used by a number of community groups. However, the rough and uneven car park leading to the building means not everyone can use the facilities. Older people who attend general community groups and regular tea dances on the lower floor of the club struggle, especially in winter when the car park can become dangerous. To fix that, the club needs £15,500.
“The building is fantastic on the inside but shoddy on the outside,” said Tyrone Harold, boxing coach and committee member.
“Unsuitable access across our car park and to the entrance to the building is restricting membership to the tea dance clubs and causing concern.
“Our aim is to resurface the car park and improve the access which will not only help them, but also improve wheelchair access to the building.
“It’s not a problem for the boxers, but it’s stopping the building from being available to everyone, and that’s really important for us.
“Resurfacing the car park will enable a much wider section of the community to use the facilities.
“We’re not a money-making organisation; our aim is to make the lower part of the building as community-friendly as possible so everyone can benefit.”
Musical Keys, Norwich (£10,938)
Musical Keys is a Norwich-based charity providing a service to people with special and additional needs across East Anglia.
It is hoping to offer a selection of up to 30 workshops for young people with special or additional needs in Norwich, if it receives funding.
Oliver Payne, programme coordinator for Musical Keys, said: “This funding would be a bit of a game-changer for us because we have just re-branded from being a fairly small charity which deals mainly with music, to a charity that is being slightly more ambitious.
“It would be ground-breaking because it would allow us to achieve our vision.”
The charity often offers its classes in schools or community buildings but has lined up two new Norwich venues for the workshops, at Open, in Bank Plain, and Norwich Music Hub, in Ber Street.
Mr Payne continued: “The idea is that we put on 30 workshops through a defined period. Some would be inclusive and some would be integrated, with mainstream and SEN (special educational needs) children together.
“We try to make our workshops as integrated as possible, as working together with special needs children is good for mainstream children, both educationally and for teaching them about being a role model.”