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Successful year in attracting lottery cash

THE voluntary sector as well arts, sports and heritage projects across Shetland have benefited from more than £1.1 million of lottery money in 2013.

The National Lottery said that last year it had provided vital cash injections to 35 local organisations ranging in size from more than £318,000 awarded to the Moving On employment project to just £654 to the Shetland Women’s Football Club.

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The cash awards represent a contribution of around £50 for every islander.

Moving On project co-ordinator Kellie Naulls said without the award of £318,862, made in June last year, its hugely successful transition support service would not have been able to get off the ground.

The project offers one to one support for 80 young people with additional support needs or an autistic spectrum condition like Asperger’s syndrome to find employment, education or training.

She said: “Securing this amount of funding is not easy, being granted for five years really makes a difference as it means that we can offer support those in the community who really need it.”

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Other beneficiaries were the Shetland Ex-whalers Association (£10,000), the local Citizens Advice Bureau (£282,971), the Shetland Skateboard Association (£63,000), and Shetland Islands Council to develop the community sport hub project (£22,958).

A full list of projects supported by lottery money can be found at the end of this article.

Now these projects have a chance to gain national recognition for their work, as the National Lottery Awards 2014 are open for entries.

John Barrowman, presenter of last year’s National Lottery Awards show, said: “Everyone in Shetland who plays the national lottery should be proud of the difference their money is making in the local community.

“If you know of a lottery-funded organisation that deserves to be nominated, we want to hear from you.”

There are seven categories: sport; heritage; arts; environment; health; education; and voluntary/charity.

The winners of the National Lottery Awards will receive a £2,000 cash prize and national recognition at a star-studded event broadcast on BBC One later this year.

To enter a project for the awards visit www.nationallotteryawards.org.uk  or call 0207 293 3599. Entries must be received by midnight on 12 March.

 

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