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Cambridge Joint Playschemes shortlisted to win £40,000 in People's Projects public vote

Cambridge Joint Playschemes, which is based in Stapleford and supports children in Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire, North Essex and South and West Suffolk is calling for your vote to secure £40,000 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s People’s Projects.

Cambridge Joint Playschemes provides Saturday Activity Clubs and Holiday Playschemes for children and young people with moderate to severe learning disabilities aged 8-19 years, and are one of five groups in the ITV Anglia East Region in the running for a share of a life-changing pot of £3 million to be awarded across the UK.

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

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.

Young people and staff at the Cambridge Joint Playscheme (8086180)
Young people and staff at the Cambridge Joint Playscheme (8086180)

On Monday, April 1, Cambridge Joint Playschemes will showcase its project on ITV Anglia East News at 6pm.

To be in with a chance of claiming the top prize, Cambridge Joint Playschemes is asking people to support its bid by visiting www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk to vote.

Voting opens at 9am on Monday, April 1.

If successful, the charity will use the grant to expand its provision of Saturday Activity Clubs and Holiday Playschemes.

These activities provide opportunities for the children to spend time with their friends, access activities not always open to them and reduce the social isolation they encounter. It also gives their families some welcome respite.

Carol Brown, Activity Club/Playscheme Manager at Cambridge Joint Playschemes said: “This is an exciting opportunity to raise awareness and support for our work and, with your help, to secure further much-needed funding to help us continue and expand our work.

“We urge local people to get behind us. If successful, this will help us to make an even bigger difference to our local communities by supporting these incredible young people to be part of their own community and will reduce the social stigma and isolation young people with learning disabilities face all too often.”

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, April 15. People can vote once per region and will need a telephone number or email address to vote.

To support the Cambridge Joint Playschemes and for terms and conditions please visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk.

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