The National Lottery Community Fund: Supporting communities to thrive


As soon as you talk to groups who are
funded by the National Lottery you see the difference that they’re making. Organizations like ourselves who are
really passionate about their community can help them to really show the
strength that they have. It’s getting down to grassroots and actually making a difference to individual people’s lives. Things aren’t just about material needs,
they’re about things that bring people joy Everyone working for the
National Lottery Community Fund is passionate about helping
their own communities to thrive. When we remember what we do,
we will go home really proud. National Lottery Community Fund advice line. It’s an online application process and we had lots of good discussion about the project and I’m really happy to say we are
awarding the funding for the next three years. Every single job and activity that happens here is with local people at the
front and centre of delivering that. They’re not just, sort of passive recipients. We always make sure that
no matter what we apply for it goes through young people
and they always have a say. When we talk to those young
people and hear their story and hear the barriers that they face,
we really work hard to change those things. People really are socially isolated some people don’t come out of their bedrooms but we’ve found that once they’ve got on to the course, their confidence has really grown. The project was specifically set up to
support parents to improve their well-being it’s not about giving them information, it’s also about enabling them to share their experiences. The villagers are mostly made up of elderly residents for many of them this is their only social activity. We’ve tried to create a space where everyone is welcome. Without funding from organisations such as the National Lottery Community Fund this project wouldn’t have happened. It’s ideas that come from the people
themselves, not us swooping in and saying we’ve looked at what’s wrong with you
and we’re gonna tell you how to fix it. It’s saying, right, what do you want, what do you need? People in the lead really means about giving people
the power and the opportunity to make a difference and take control of things
that are important to them. We work with government who are thinking about
what are the key, priority issues of the day. We can share knowledge, we can share learning,
we can share ideas. If you don’t know what all the challenges are
you’ll never solve the problem working together allows us
to do that more effectively. National Lottery Community Fund in one word… Human. Impactful. Community?
No that’s too easy. I can’t say community can I? Inspiring. Compassionate. Approachable. You could have gave me three words! Diverse. Supportive. Purpose. Let me think about it. Challenging ourselves and others. That’s not one word! Fantastic customer service. It’s a privilege to work here. Collective approach. Rewarding. Welcoming. Empowerment. Opportunity. Exciting! Proud. Passionate. People. Inclusive, and for
everyone.




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