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Footprints CEC wants your vote to win up to £50,000 of National Lottery Funding

A local charity in Nottingham is calling for your vote to secure up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s People’s Projects.

Footprints CEC, which is based in Nottingham, needs funding for their project #thesekidsCAN which is one of five groups in the Central East region in the running for a share of a life changing pot of £3 million up for grabs across the UK.

  • Your vote could see your local community group named a winner in this year’s People’s Projects – make sure you have your say
  • You get to decide which community projects get National Lottery funding
  • Film of #thesekidsCAN project will be aired on ITV Central East so that viewers can vote for this year’s winners.

The project #thesekidsCAN will enable Footprints to reach further into the community and help more families with children with disabilities. Footprints will offer more sessions out of school hours and offer home visits. The importance of reaching more parents/carers to support them as well as their child is paramount to what Footprints do. Conductive Education is extremely beneficial in helping children with mobility and communication problems develop the skills they need to thrive and achieve their potential. 

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 5 April 2019, Footprints will showcase its project #thesekidsCAN on ITV regional Central East news at 6pm telling local viewers exactly why they deserve to win. To be in with a chance of claiming the top prize, Footprints 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, #thesekidsCAN can be found by selecting the Central East region on the website.

Over the past month thousands of children from schools and nurseries in and around Nottingham have been decorating footprints for the charity. They have had the whole region involved in this top secret project to show all children have a unique footprint. The footprints have been turned into leaflets which will be handed out all across Nottingham and if they are successful in winning all those children will have left their footprint in the lives of so many families. 

If successful, Footprints will use the grant to ensure everyone who would benefit from their services can access them. Lots of parents work and can’t come to sessions during school hours. Many Dads can’t learn how to help their children because they are working while the mums are caring for the child. Many families don’t have the transport to travel to sessions or their mental health is very fragile and they can’t face coming along to a group session. Footprints want to offer sessions so working parents can attend, dads can attend, or both parents/carers can come at weekends together. They want to go into homes to offer help and support and teach parents/carers how to help their child develop and progress. The hope being they will eventually feel strong enough to come to our premises and meet other parents and work together as a group to help the children. Footprints want to help stop the isolation and distress many parents/carers of children with disabilities face.

Nathalie Bailey-Flitter, Manager at Footprints 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 reaching out further and becoming more accessible to many more families on a difficult journey.”

Lucie Gregory, Admin and Fundraising Support Officer at Footprints said:

“As the parent of a child with a disability that regularly attends Footprints sessions, I have experienced first-hand the impact that it can have on mental health. It’s important for the mental health of parents to be taken into account, as well as children. Loneliness, anxiety and isolation is the sad reality for many parents with a child that has a disability,” said Lucie “For a charity like Footprints, this is a life-changing amount of money and offering a wider service could make the world of difference to many more people’s lives in and around the Nottinghamshire area.”

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 #thesekidsCAN and for Ts & Cs please visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk


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