Three North Yorkshire projects that received support from the County Council’s Stronger Communities programme are in a public vote to receive a share of up to £3m of National Lottery funding.
Community groups across the country are competing for up to £50,000 to improve the lives of people in their area in the People’s Projects vote. Ninety-five organisations have been shortlisted across the UK. The People’s Projects is a partnership between the National Lottery Community Fund, The National Lottery, ITV and STV and gives the public a say in how funding should be put to good use in their area. It has awarded about £42m to 960 good causes in the UK since 2005.
The County Council’s Stronger Communities programme supports communities in playing a greater role in delivering services. The team works with them to identify opportunities to co-produce a range of support and services to reduce inequalities and improve the wellbeing of all residents.
The three projects that have received Stronger Communities support are:
Next Steps Mental Health Resource Centre, which provides information, advice and guidance to people who experience isolation, loneliness and poor mental health. Based in Ryedale, the project is the only organisation in the voluntary and community sector locally to offer these services specifically. Next Steps has received grant funding from Stronger Communities.
Newby and Scalby Library and Information Centre, which would use the funding to provide a volunteer-run garden for the community. There will be a separate area for children, including a woodland fairy garden, toadstools, log seating and a story area. The remaining space will be a quiet area, enabling relaxation and a sensory tunnel with raised beds, textured handrails and wind chimes. The library received support from Stronger Communities and the County Council’s Library Services to help volunteers in taking over management of the library.
Dancing for Well-Being Community Interest Company, based in Harrogate, uses dance activities to improve the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of older people with health and mobility problems, for whom mainstream activities are not always accessible. Members experience the joy of dancing and a sense of connection, belonging and togetherness in a supportive environment. Dancing for Well-Being has also received grant support from Stronger Communities.
County Councillor David Chance, Executive Member for Stronger Communities, said: “It is very pleasing to see projects we have been able to support through Stronger Communities continuing to develop and being nominated for these funding awards. We wish them the best of luck in the People’s Projects vote.”
Find out more about all the projects in the running and vote. Voting closes at noon on 15 April, 2019.