City of Lincoln Council's community lottery has awarded five local good causes with funding totalling £10,500.
The allocation of the fund follows a resident consultation, which identified community groups and green spaces as the two priority cause areas where the fund should be allocated to.
Lincoln Lottery Community Fund has been raised by supporters of Lincoln Community Lottery who have directly selected the fund as their good cause when purchasing tickets, donating 60 pence of every ticket purchased.
Players who have selected to support a specific local good cause have also donated 10 pence of each ticket to the Community Fund, meaning that every player of Lincoln Community Lottery has contributed to the £10,500 which was up for grabs.
The Lincoln Lottery Community Fund is allocated to good causes annually in the autumn.
Following an application and selection process led by Voluntary Centre Services, and supported by the Lincoln Lottery Member Panel, the five successful good causes in 2021 include:
- Active Arena CIC - Awarded £2,500 to help create a multi-purpose well-being and sensory garden on an unused green space next to Active Arena’s property. It is envisaged the garden will be a therapeutic environment where people can recuperate, a learning zone to promote independence for people with learning disabilities, autism and sensory needs, and a kitchen garden that would serve Active Arena’s own kitchen and menus but also the community with understanding of a healthy lifestyle.
- Development Plus - Awarded £2,000 to help create an art club specifically for adults of all abilities who enjoy making, creating and sharing their skills with each other. A programme of structured creative activities will be developed with the aim of building new skills, experimenting with materials and trying out new things as well as supporting better health and wellbeing. The art club activities will run for 24 sessions over the course of a year and will be open to adults who live in Lincoln, and in particular will welcome people who are experiencing problems with their physical or mental health and want a safe space where they can feel relaxed. The project aims to support 40 people over the course of the year.
- Busydays Day Care - Awarded £1,500 to help deliver yoga and dance courses with the aim of improving the mental health of those attending. The courses, which will be focused on supporting those with learning disabilities, will support attendees to feel at ease and help to distract them from problems or difficulties the individual may be facing, if only temporarily. The sessions will be delivered over a 12 month period and chaired by an experienced yoga teacher.
- Rhubarb Theatre – Awarded £2,000 to help deliver six weeks of interactive storytelling sessions in three Lincoln based children’s centres. The sessions will be for young families, parents, carers and their pre-school children. Funding will be used towards artist planning & delivery of the sessions, books for the children and materials for crafts. The project will commence in February 2022 and run over six weeks, with the aim to delivering three sessions (one in each of the centres) per week.
- Building Resilience in Communities - Awarded £2,500 to assist with the development of a Kids Patch and Community Garden in the St Giles area of Lincoln. The space will provide opportunities for children and their families, along with members of the local community, to spend time outdoors to reduce their isolation and improve their knowledge around food production. Working with children and their families to learn new skills to sow, grow and harvest their own fresh food, the project aims to give them a good start and build healthy habits early.
Cllr Sue Burke, Portfolio Holder for Reducing Inequalities, said: “I am really pleased to support the allocation of the 2021 Lincoln Lottery Community Fund and look forward to seeing each of the projects delivered over the next 12 months.
"It is also great to see the success of Lincoln Community Lottery since its launch in 2018. So far over £130,000 has been raised by the lottery for good causes located in and around the city.
"I would like to thank supporters of Lincoln Community Lottery for helping to reach this funding milestone, and I would encourage further good causes to join the lottery and use this to help raise additional funds to support your great work in the city”.
To sign up as a Lincoln Community Lottery good cause, visit www.lincolnlottery.co.uk/good-causes.
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