December 5 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Voting is continuing today as community projects in Norfolk, north Suffolk and east Cambridgeshire continue to compete for a share of £250,000 through the Big EDP Lottery Fund.
Voting coupon in the EDP are 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 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 through until Saturday, September 14, ahead of the deadline for voting coupons to be received by Monday, September 16.
Bicycle Links CIC - £16,758
Bicycle Links is a cycle centre which reconditions and repairs bikes from its St Marys Works base in Duke Street, Norwich.
It hopes to gain funding to offer young children and disadvantaged people a chance to learn new skills and fix or recycle bikes.
It is a registered social enterprise, which means alongside its trading activities it can also run workshops to teach skills in bicycle maintenance.
Lucy Hall from Bicycle Links said: “We’ve devised courses for people who are disadvantaged through unemployment, drug and alcohol use, depression or learning disabilities. We hope to extend this to young people and ex-offenders.
“Bicycle Links gives participants the opportunity to learn a skill, increase their confidence and gain valuable work experience, as well as putting something back into the community by donating bikes to local causes.”
BUILD - £13,700
BUILD is a charity which provides social, leisure and learning opportunities across Norfolk, to adults and young people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.
Based at its headquarters in Redwell Street, Norwich, the charity was established in 1967 and now provides around 400 opportunities each year for social and leisure activities.
The charity has applied for funding to for a new project, entitled Farm to Fork, which is aimed at people with disabilities.
Chief executive, James Kearns, explained more about BUILD’s work, saying: “Using funds raised locally, and no local or national government funding, we employ a small mainly part-time staff team and work with over 100 valued and trained volunteers.
“(They) support the delivery of activities across Norfolk, and occasionally beyond through programmes that, in the past have taken people to the United State, France, Belgium and day trips to London, West End shows and an activity weekend in the Peak District.”