Groups helping young people in Norfolk need your vote to secure funding

Organisations helping to inspire and support young people are hoping to get your vote to help secure �5,000 of funding.

The Garage, The Matthew Project and The Hamlet Centre, all in Norwich, as well as Wymondham-based Little Acorns, are hoping to receive a financial boost from the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund.

All four have been shortlisted for the Norwich area and the two which receive the most votes will be given �5,000.

The Garage, a Chapel Field North-based venue offering creative opportunities to young people from all backgrounds, hopes to use the funding to enable 30 vulnerable young people to take part in arts activities for a year.

Darren Grice, The Garage's director, said: 'The donation would support our Big Breaks bursary scheme which enables young people, who would not normally get the opportunity, to join our regular dance, drama, and singing classes for free.'

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Toddler and baby group Little Acorns, based at Wymondham Baptist Church in Queen Street, wants to use the money to develop a garden for the children and wider community.

Little Acorns leader Tracy Kenny said: 'We would transform our unused wall garden into a sensory garden which would attract children to spend time in nature.'

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The Matthew Project, which provides support to young people affected by drugs and alcohol, hopes to use the funding for Voicebox, its mobile unit which travels around Norfolk and Suffolk.

Deputy chief executive Graeme Stewart said: 'Voicebox helps us reach young the people who cannot easily access youth clubs and other centres to access information about drugs, alcohol and other issues. One of our Voicebox caravans is reaching the end of its lifespan and will cost about �25,000 to �30,000 to replace.'

The Hamlet Centre supports children and adults with disabilities and hopes to use the funding to buy special equipment for the computer room in its new children's services base at Johnson Place. The centre's page on the Community Fund website said: 'The children with communication disorders will find a world unlocked and an ability to communicate with their peers and others if we have this equipment.'

To vote, visit www.lloydsbankinggroup

Voting closes on September 9 and the winners will be announced in the following weeks.

Are you holding an event to raise funds for a good cause? Call reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email

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