December 12 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Community projects from around Norfolk, north Suffolk and east Cambridgeshire are currently competing for a share of £250,000 from the Big EDP Lottery Fund.
The voting coupon on this page allows you 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 Wisbech to Lowestoft and everywhere in between.
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 until Saturday, September 14, ahead of the deadline for voting coupons to be received by Monday, September 16.
EARLHAM SCOUT GROUP – GURNEY’S OWN (£20,000)
The Norwich scout group is hoping to replace the asbestos roof of its scout hut, in Wilberforce Road, which will then become a community hall for other groups to use and hire.
Mike Younger, group leader and volunteer project manager for the roof project, explained: “The building is a typical 1950s minimum quality building with solid walls and an asbestos roof.
“Sixty years on and the roof is failing, it’s leaking, and it’s a type of asbestos that’s breaking down and brittle.”
Mr Younger said the group is used by scout groups for ages between six and 14, but is also used by a dog training group, a canoe base and as a function room for the local Holy Apostles Roman Catholic church group.
“The building has been in pretty much continuous use since the 50s,” Mr Younger continued. “But over the last three years that went down to fairly low numbers so the local scout association have re-grown use of the building and it is now in fairly strong health.
“It’s fairly busy but it could be used more by the public, but it doesn’t meet all building regulations for public events at the moment, so when it is refurbished then it should be used by a lot more people.”
EAST NORWICH YOUTH PROJECT (£10,015)
The ENYP is hoping to establish two new clubs in the Norwich area for children and young people.
Lucie Fox, administrator of ENYP, which is based at St Matthews Church in Thorpe Hamlet, said: “ENYP exists to offer a wide range of activities, including social clubs, arts and crafts, dance, music projects, IT and sport, which help to provide opportunities to promote self confidence and increase social skills and to encourage young people to reach their full potential.
“We aim to educate young people about how to make the right choices in their lives and give access to programmes that will equip young people with the skills, knowledge and understanding to empower them to make positive life choices and contributions.”
ENYP’s activities include lunchtime and after school clubs, evening youth clubs, holiday programmes and activities, mentoring projects, and educational and skill development opportunities.
Ms Fox added: “As defined in our constitution, ‘we promote the moral, mental, physical, spiritual and social development of young people to encourage them to reach their full potential and to grow in maturity as well rounded individuals and responsible members of society’.
“ENYP also work alongside families and the wider community to encourage community cohesion and integration, to offer support and advocate on their behalf.”