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Published on 7 November 2023

One year lottery anniversary marked by grants to local good causes

15 good causes across Teignbridge will benefit from a pre-Christmas cash boost, marking the first-year anniversary of the Teignbridge Lottery for Communities.

With 10p from every £1 ticket sold going into a small grants fund to benefit local community projects, a total of over £13k was raised. And because this year the fund is specifically targeted at organisations delivering services to help people with the cost-of-living crisis, it’s attracted an additional £20,000 from the Economic Vulnerability Fund allocated by Devon County Council, bringing the total to over £33,000. 

Applications were invited from the 80 charities registered with the Lottery to apply for a grant up to £2,500 to support initiatives aimed at helping local people through the current cost of living crisis.

The successful bids that met the criteria came from across the district, and covered services from lunch clubs and food services to activities that support carers and a community garden project.

Teignbridge Executive Member for Communities, Cllr Lin Goodman-Bradbury, said: “Teignbridge Lottery for Communities has been an exciting new venture for us, and in the first year alone it’s raised over £55,000 for local charities, which is amazing.  We’ve also seen our first national winner – with an Alice Cross supporter winning £1,500 last week – a great way to mark our year anniversary!

“This first year of the small grants fund allocation is based on projects that support people who are struggling with the cost of living crisis. The applications received demonstrate the understanding of our unique communities and the ability that exists across the voluntary sector to respond to their needs, and we’re really pleased to be able to support this important work through these small grants.”

Sue Wroe, Chief Officer of Teignbridge CVS – Teignbridge District Council’s Lottery partner – said: “These grants will support the vital work that our community groups across Teignbridge do to provide services that make a difference to communities and people’s lives.   Whilst the cost-of-living crisis has had a huge impact on the way community groups operate, deliver their services, and engage with their beneficiaries they continue to prioritise support for the many people under increasing financial pressure and have become a central part of the local response.”

The £33,000 was shared between 15 local charities with up to £2,500 going to each.  In Teignmouth, the Teignmouth Arts Action Group (TAAG) are using the funding for their ‘Make It Thursday’ project -  a food and craft project for carers.  Dawlish Community Transport Association will use the funds to run a concessionary fares project targeting those impacted by the cost of living.  Horsemanship for Health, Teignmouth will set up a community wellbeing, garden and food project where they will use their land to enable the local community to grow and distribute produce.

Belinda Seaward from Horsemanship for Health, said: “We’re delighted at receiving funding for our community garden project. It means we can offer supported volunteering places to people to give them opportunities to create a new vegetable and herb garden enriched with manure from our horse and pony residents. We will teach people simple ways to grow healthy produce from start to finish. Volunteers will learn all the stages of preparing the soil, enriching, composting, planting, growing, looking after the plants, weeding organically.

“We want our project to inspire people to start growing their own produce, even if they don’t have a garden, in pots on windowsills or outside their front doors. We also want to give isolated and lonely people the opportunity to connect with others in their locality to form connections, share ideas, and help reduce feelings of anxiety.”

Food provision was a strong focus for a number of groups: Kerswella Care in Kingskerswell will set up a new lunch clubs project, Teign Valley Larder will expand their current provision with a hot ready meals service, and the Bungalow Youth Project in Buckfastleigh will also set up a hot food project with the funding.  HIITS (Homeless in Teignbridge Support) Food Bank will provide a Christmas food box; and Teignmouth Mutual Aid will set up a community larder.

Two organisations are using the funding for IT-related projects – with Teignbridge CAB using the funds to start a social media project to engage younger families who might not be aware of their services and how they can support them; Kingscare League of Friends will be funding additional IT to support their benefits advice service.

Westbank Community and Healthcare in Exminster will extend their Warmwell project – a safe, comfortable and cosy space where members of the community can come for something warm to eat and drink, and socialise during the winter months and Alice Cross will also use this funding to expand their Heat Café. 

Adventure Therapy will create a mental health project offering outdoor and adventure-led activities to improve emotional wellbeing for people whose mental health has been affected by the cost of living crisis.

Anyone can sign up to support a local good cause by visiting the Teignbridge Lottery for Communities website. From every £1 Teignbridge Lottery for Communities ticket sold, 50p goes directly to local charities and good causes, 10p goes to the small grants fund with the remaining 40p spent on prizes, running costs and VAT.

“Warmwell first opened its doors at Westbank Community Health and Care, Exminster in Winter 2022, in response to the continual rise to the cost of living.

“This Winter, Warmwell will once again offer a safe, comfortable and cosy space, where members of the community can come for something warm to eat and drink, have the opportunity to socialise and access one of our community food larders.

“The project aims to alleviate some of the worry and concerns that people may have in relation to feeding themselves and their families, as well as keeping warm this winter. Alongside this, we are working to combat loneliness and isolation within the local community, in line with all of our other services.

“We are incredibly grateful to Teignbridge Lottery for Communities for supporting our project this year, which will in turn support some of the most vulnerable members of our community, at one of the most difficult times of the year. “  Katie Elliott – Head of Fundraising and Marketing, Westbank Community Health and Care.

“Adventure Therapy will be offering outdoor and adventure-led activities to improve emotional wellbeing for those whose mental health has been affected by the current cost-of-living crisis.” Amy Weekes, Project Coordinator, South Devon

"We are grateful for this grant, which will allow TAAG to continue to provide support for carers and those at risk of social exclusion through our weekly ‘Make It Thursday’ crafting activities and social meetings”. Steve Brown – Treasurer, TAAG