December 8 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 23, 2013
Community groups across Norfolk, Waveney and Fenland are today sharing a £250,000 Big EDP Lottery jackpot – thanks to your votes.
From Lowestoft to the Fens, good causes across the Eastern Daily Press’s readership have been given five-figure windfalls from the Big EDP Lottery fund.
Ranging from £10,000 to more than £26,000, the handouts will help the 14 groups to continue their great work and, in many cases, expand their work to benefit even more people.
The Big EDP Lottery fund asked for applications from community and voluntary groups to share a £250,000 jackpot, and attracted nearly 100 bids. A shortlist of 22 groups was drawn up, with the finalists put to the public vote using daily coupons printed in the EDP – and the results are announced today.
Among the initiatives which will be funded by the Big EDP Lottery cash are projects to support bereaved children, help people with disabilities, run musical workshops, enhance the lives of older people and buy lifesaving blood-transport bikes.
EDP editor Nigel Pickover said the winners would use the cash to enhance and enrich life for people in their communities.
“The groups which have received money have been chosen by you – our readers,” he said. “They embody the brilliant community spirit that we know is so strong across Fenland, Norfolk and Waveney, and the cash will mean that they can reach out to improve the lives of even more people in their areas. Every day in the pages of the Eastern Daily Press, we write about the fantastic work groups like these are doing in our communities – and the Big EDP Lottery fund will now allow them to do even more.”
Dharmendra Kanani, England Director of the Big Lottery Fund, congratulated all the winners.
He said: “From projects enabling older people in South Lowestoft to engage in IT and healthy living classes to supporting children going through bereavement, the money will help make a huge difference to communities.
“I am heartened to see so many examples of how people-powered change is under way in your own neighbourhoods.
“But don’t let it stop here. Hopefully the projects that have benefited today will inspire you to unleash your community spirit. There are a number of funding opportunities for other community groups looking for funding with grants available from our Our Awards for All and Reaching Communities programmes.”
Details of further funding opportunities can be found at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding
AND THE WINNERS ARE...
Norwich-based charity BUILD, which provides social and learning opportunities for adults and young people with disabilities, was awarded £13,700 for a new project, Farm to Fork.
Spokesman James Kearns said: “We were delighted to hear the good news as it will enable us to go ahead with a project we have been wanting to do for a number of years.
“Farm to Fork will be all about increasing understanding of the processes of food production. People will be spending time on farms looking at how food is produced, right through to gardening projects and visiting shops to see how food is sold to the consumer.”
He said BUILD helped people across the county – activities ranged from two youth clubs for young people aged 11-18 and a weekly social club for adults to a range of sports and cultural activities.
• Bungay and District Sports Association
Members of a north Suffolk sports association are jumping with joy after they secured £20,840 to renovate much needed changing rooms and install an artificial cricket pitch. The Bungay and District Sports Association will use the money to boost its facilities at the Maltings Pavillion in Pirnhow Street, which is home to Bungay Town Football Club, Bungay Cricket Club and Bungay Tennis Club.
The grant will be used to renovate 30-year-old brick changing rooms, which have been closed for about five years. An artificial cricket pitch would also allow more youth matches to be staged.
Jon Fuller, chairman of the sports association, said: “It really great news. We have been trying to get funding for this for four or five years.
“It brings a smile to your face to know people in the community have supported the club by voting for it.”
The aim is to provide opportunities for the whole family.
• Community Action Suffolk
Community Action Suffolk has been given £26,415 so it can deliver IT and healthy living cookery projects for older people at its south Lowestoft base at the Kirkley Centre.
As well as IT sessions, the ofganisation plans to buy laptop computers to it can take them to elderly people’s home and show them how easy it is to use computer technology.
The healthy living cookery project would see local chefs cooking food which elderly people may be more familiar with and they will also be given bags of vegetables.
An outreach service will also be set up to see what elderly residents in the area may like to do. Community Action Suffolk was formed earlier in the year by merging several other organisations in the area.
• Earlham Scout Group
A scout hut in Norwich is set to be transformed into a community hub thanks to the £20,000 awarded to the Earlham Scout Group – Gurney’s Own.
The group will use the cash to replace the asbestos roof of its Wilberforce Road hall, and open it up for use and hire by other organisations.
The 1950s hut 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 – but has seen better days.
Group leader Mike Younger said: “This is not something the community can generally afford without 20 years of fundraising, so it’s a major fillip for us.”
• Elsing Memorial Hall
Funds granted for a village hall to bring old and young together in the community is “life-changing”.
Elsing Memorial Hall has been given £24,369 to give a new and fun fenced-off play area for children aged up to 11, seating for older villagers, picnic tables and French doors in the village hall to access the play and seating areas. The village hall’s team said despite hardships with a lack of village school, shop and bus service they say the area has survived and is flourishing.
Pip Wallwork, chairman of the village hall team, said: “The money is life-changing. We could have never in a million years done what we plan to do without the funding’s help.”
A Norwich-based youth group is celebrating after it was awarded more than £10,000 to help start new clubs.
East Norwich Youth Project (ENYP) was formed six years ago and currently helps around 600 children in Norwich. The organisation, which holds youth clubs in Heartsease, Thorpe and Lakenham, has been awarded £10,015. Manager Lucie Fox said the money would be spent on a new café in Sprowston for teenagers and a club for primary school pupils in Heartsease. “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,” she said.
• Fenland Gymnastics Club
The 120-strong Fenland Gymnastics Club caters for everyone from three-year-olds to seniors training for national and international competitions.
The club, based in Algores Way, Wisbech, has been awarded £21,980 to fund a community gymnastics coach and a bilingual coaching assistant.
Kirstie Harrison, who founded the club in 2007, said: “In Fenland some schools are up to 50pc EAL [English as an additional language] and there’s a lot of ethnic minorities. We wanted to integrate them into the community by helping them to do gymnastics. They’re going to put on after-school clubs, put on activities at our club to give people more access to gymnastics.”
As well as regular training sessions, the club also hires out its facilities for birthday parties.
• Kingfisher Amateur Boxing Club
Gorleston’s Kingfisher Amateur Boxing Club has been awarded £15,030 to fund the resurfacing of its car park and pathway.
The Riverside Road club has about 60 boxers, ranging in age from 11 to 30, but is also home to a community hall on the ground floor which is being developed for use by different groups. Club coach Tyrone Harold said: “We were over the moon when we heard we had been successful. The project is more about helping the community than the boxing club. The boxers do not have a problem with access to the gym but the uneven path and car park was proving a problem to sometimes elderly people using the hall for events like afternoon tea dances.”
He said carrying out the work would help them realise their aim of opening up use of the hall to even more groups in the community.
• Knit and Natter
A group of kind-hearted knitters who click their needles for charity have been awarded £17,878. Knit and Natter started in 2008 at organiser Linda Brown’s home in Norwich. They have now knitted a network which includes 30 groups which are attended by more than 1,200 people – the oldest of whom is 104. The grant will help them start new groups in Watton, Wymondham, Attleborough and Thetford. They are also looking to start sewing groups. Mrs Brown said: “We knit anything that can be used to help those in need, including premature babies in local hospitals, Arthritis UK, Hedgehog Rescue and individual local campaigns. People come together and often they wouldn’t have anywhere else to go and meet.”
• Musical Keys
Musical Keys has moved closer to its vision of launching new musical classes for young people with special needs in Norwich. The charity will receive £10,938 to offer up to 30 workshops – funding described as “a game-changer” by programme co-ordinator Oliver Payne. 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. orkshops would include integrated classes, with mainstream and special education needs children learning together.
• Nelson’s Journey
Nelson’s Journey can now help more bereaved children in Norfolk find fun and friendship, thanks to its £24,428 grant. From next year the charity will set up a number of bereavement support groups for children which will operate much like youth clubs, according to chief executive Colin Lang.
Set up 16 years ago, Nelson’s Journey supports children who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives. The charity believes that offering the right help at the right time, gives children the best chance of avoiding long-term mental and emotional health problems.
Mr Lang said feedback from six pilot support groups indicated that the idea was a success. Children who had been on therapy camp weekends often formed friendships with others who had similar experiences. The support groups, meeting twice a term, would allow them to keep up those friendships in a far more satisfactory way than relying on Facebook. The grant will cover the groups’ costs for one year. “It’s absolutely fantastic to get so much money in one scoop,” said Mr Lang. “It clearly shows that we have got a lot of supporters out there which is really nice to know – thank you all.”
• Ni Chema
An HIV prevention and sexual health promotion service for African and minority ethnic communities in Norfolk will be able to expand its services and educate people on sexual health thanks to a £16,620 grant.
Ni Chema is based in the Charing Cross Centre, in St John Maddermarket in Norwich. It focuses primarily on preventing infection of HIV, AIDS and sexually transmitted infections among migrant workers, refugees, asylum seekers, students, overseas visitors and the general population. It does a lot of work in Norwich, but also has outreach programmes in Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, Thetford and Diss.
James Aygisi, one of the project’s organisers, said: “The money means a lot to us because over the years we have been struggling to get finding. We are working in an area where it’s sometimes difficult to demonstrate the success of our efforts in terms of numbers.”
• SERV Norfolk
SERV Norfolk will use its £20,000 windfall to help the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
The charity provides an emergency out-of-hours service ferrying blood and blood products, samples, donated breast milk and other medical items between NHS hospitals.
Now, thanks to their lottery grant, SERV Norfolk plans to extend the blood service routinely to the air ambulance.
Within the next six months organisers hope to buy an emergency service liveried motorcycle and a four-wheel drive car so that a vehicle is always available for the work.
Volunteer couriers would then use them to take blood from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to the air ambulance.
They would replace it with fresh supplies and take back any unused blood for use at the N&N, according to David Parish, SERV Norfolk chairman and co-ordinator.
“We are thrilled and delighted,” said Mr Parish. “This will enable us to do what we want to do.”
• Suffolk Artlink
A Halesworth-based charity has hit the right notes after it secured £10,761 of funding to support a creative music project in Lowestoft.
Suffolk Artlink, which is based at The Cut in Halesworth, is now looking to run the Phonic music project at a youth club in Lowestoft.
Phonic will provide music sessions for young people, aged 12-19, to help develop their skills and realise talents while having fun making music at the same time. Suffolk Artlink is a participatory arts charity which works in partnership with arts, care and community organisations to deliver a programme of artist-led projects which are said to offer opportunities for self-expression, improving self-confidence, increasing skills and reducing social isolation.