A local community group in Wyre Forest is calling for your vote to secure £48,698 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s People’s Projects. KDYTs Wyred & Creative, which is based in Kidderminster and which works with young people and the local community, is one of five groups in the ITV Central West Region in the running for a share of a life changing pot of £3 million up for grabs across the UK.

Since 2005, the partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund, The National Lottery and ITV has given the public a say in how funding should be put to good use in their local area.

Designed to celebrate some of the incredible projects the National Lottery has supported over the past year, 95 community-based schemes are now shortlisted across the UK. In each region, the three that receive the most public votes will each receive a grant of up to £50,000 to  help them continue their work to improve local people’s lives and help their communities to thrive.

On Friday 5thApril 2019, KDYT will showcase its project, Wyred & Creative on ITV Central News at 6pm telling local viewers exactly why they deserve to win. To be in with a chance of claiming the top prize, KDYT is asking people to support its bid by visiting the People’s Projects website to vote. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 1 April at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk.

If successful KDYT will use the grant to bring people together to create a community space for activities they want to see such as cheerleading, dancing, drama sessions and an arts festival. The space will be available for a range of different groups to use including young people, older people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and people with disabilities or dementia.

Ben Bennett, Operations Manager at KDYT said:“This is an exciting opportunity to raise awareness and support for our work and, with your help, to secure further much-needed funding. We urge local people to get behind us. If successful, this will help us to make an even bigger difference to our local community by providing fantastic facilities for young people and the wider community”

Joe Ferns, UK Funding Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “As the largest funder of community activity in the UK, we are proud to support groups that are led by the vision, determination and drive of local people to strengthen communities. In previous years we have seen a wide range of successful projects, from a café supporting young carers to animal-assisted therapy for people living with dementia and the development of a bee-friendly orchard. The People’s Projects is a chance for you to have your say on how National Lottery funding can help your community to thrive.”

The People’s Projects has awarded around £42 million to 960 good causes across the UK since it started in 2005.  

Voting closes at noon on Monday 15 April 2019. People can vote once per region and will need a telephone number or email address to vote. To support the KDYT Wyred & Creative Project and for Ts & Cs please visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk


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