Lockerbie Wheelchair Curling Club and a programme of animal therapy for children, young people and adults living with mental health problems or recovering from trauma are two inspiring local community projects shortlisted to win a share of National Lottery Funding.
Five community groups have all been shortlisted as part of this year’s The People’s Projects – a partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund and ITV, which gives the public a unique say in where money should go in their area.
One of these will be Wheelie Good Access by the Lockerbie Wheelchair Curling Club who hope to receive £41,292 to upgrade access to and changing facilities at the town’s ice rink enabling more wheelchair users to take part in curling.
Curling is a fully inclusive sport, allowing disabled and non-disabled people to come together and play sport/socialise together.
The club has now reached capacity and is unable to meet demand so improved access and updated changing facilities will allow more people to use their facilities.
Going Undercover by Animals Supporting People at FRED CIC in Dumfries hope to receive £40,954 for a project to deliver a programme of animal assisted therapy activities to children, young people and adults living with mental health problems and/or recovering from trauma.
The group will be able to build a steel-framed agricultural structure, allowing the sessions to take place indoors.
The five projects will be spotlighted on prime time ITV Border so that the public can see for themselves the great work they do and can vote for this year’s worthy winners.
ITV Border regional evening news will feature the projects at 6pm over five nights, starting on Monday April 1. The curling club will feature on the Friday of that week and Going Undercover on the Tuesday.
Voting opens at 9am on Monday 1 April at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk.
Now in its 14th year, The People’s Projects celebrates some of the incredible projects The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players to communities across the UK, has supported over the past year.
Voting closes at noon on Monday 15 April 2019. People can vote once per region and will need an email address or mobile phone number to vote*. For Ts & Cs please visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk