Four local community groups have emerged as winners in a bank’s awards scheme.
Following almost 1.5 million votes being cast in the 2014 Lloyds Bank Community Fund, some 1,400 good causes across the country have won cash grants.
Mirfield Children’s Centre receives £3,000, the highest award in the area. This project is part of the Kirklees Early Intervention and Targeted Support Service, working with parents to help their children be healthy, confident and ready for learning at school. Parents are also offered help and support to achieve their own aspirations.
The 1st Brighouse Guides received £2,000. The group gives girls a space where they can be themselves, build friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and to their communities. It builds girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations, helping them to realise their potential.
Deighton Learning Disability Table Tennis, awarded £1,000, offers sports inclusion for people with a learning disability by improving hand eye coordination, developing fitness and giving them the chance to meet new people and socialise.
The Friends of West End Park were given £500; their aim is to aim to restore and improve the Cleckheaton park to act as a green lung for this area which is characterised as ‘deprived’.
Health and wellbeing groups were especially popular with members of the public, who voted in Lloyds branches, by text and on Twitter. They accounted for 42% of the top awards, despite making up only 31% of the nominated groups.
The other feature of this year’s grants is that young people will benefit the most, with 30% of the top awards going to groups that specifically benefit young people.
Graham Lindsay, of Lloyds Banking Group, said: “It has been fantastic to see so many members of the public nominating and voting for good causes. Looking at all the wonderful causes that the Community Fund awards will go towards is truly heartening to see.
“Helping our communities thrive in this way is crucial to us delivering our ambition to help Britain prosper.”