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Safe place for male victims of slavery in Bristol

The centre will be the first of its kind in the UK. Credit: Unseen

The first ever safehouse in this country for men who are victims of slavery is to open in Bristol.

The centre, run by anti-slavery charity Unseen, received nearly half a million pounds of funding from Big Lottery.

"When men are found and rescued by statutory agencies, by the police, our safehouse will offer them a place to come, a place to be looked after, to gain support and to get their lives back on track."

– Kate Garbers, Managing Director of Unseen

Cornwall dementia support project gets Lottery funding

There have been similar projects supporting people with dementia in Devon. Credit: ITV News

A Big Lottery grant of £300,000 has been made to a project to help people with dementia in Cornwall.

Workshops will be run in five towns around the county. They'll be offered to people who've recently been diagnosed, with the aim of helping them cope at home and keep them involved in the community.

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£17 million for SW community health projects

Community health projects in the South West are receiving a share of more than £17 million from the Big Lottery Fund.

The money will be used to find the most effective ways of improving the health and quality of life of communities and people in need.

The projects in the West to receive grants are:

  • Working with older people in B&NES - Bath & North East Somerset
  • Curo Group Hub - Bath
  • Wellbeing Project - Bristol
  • Positive Wellbeing Project - Weston-super-Mare
  • Touch Wood - Somerset
  • Active Choices - Dorset
  • Time to Change Bristol - Bristol
  • Ramblers Get Walking Again - Bristol

... our evidence suggests that very effective solutions can lie within communities themselves. It shows that interventions delivered by charities and organisations that understand the makeup of local communities, and will work with local people to deliver exactly what they need and in the way they need it, can have a very significant impact."

– Nat Sloane, Chairwoman, Big Lottery Fund England

£17 million for SW community health projects

Community health projects in the South West are receiving a share of more than £17 million from the Big Lottery Fund.

The money will be used to find the most effective ways of improving the health and quality of life of communities and people in need.

The projects in Cornwall and Devon to receive grants are:

  • Independent Futures Hub - Plymouth
  • Guinness Partnership Hub - Exeter
  • Diabetes in Devon - Exeter and Tiverton
  • Westbank Steps to Wellbeing - Exeter
  • Pathways to Health and Wellbeing - Penwith
  • Upstream Healthy Futures Programme - Devon
  • Sustrans Cycling For Health - Cornwall

... our evidence suggests that very effective solutions can lie within communities themselves. It shows that interventions delivered by charities and organisations that understand the makeup of local communities, and will work with local people to deliver exactly what they need and in the way they need it, can have a very significant impact."

– Nat Sloane, Chairwoman, Big Lottery Fund England

The People's Millions is back!

The People's Millions is coming back to ITV regional news. Across the country, we're giving away 76 prizes of up to £50,000 each to the winning projects - and some of that money is coming here to the West Country.

Over the past eight years ITV in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund have awarded more than £27.8m to 523 community projects across the UK.

We want to encourage applications from a wide range of organisations that can submit community-based projects which improve the lives of local people.

The following organisations are eligible: Voluntary or Community Organisations, Schools, Local Authorities, Health Bodies, Branches of Organisations or Partnerships.

You can enter any time between now and noon on May 13th. Here in the West Country many projects have benefited from Big Lottery money in the past.

Jacquie Bird has been to visit one of them:

Shortlisted projects will go head-to-head for voting on ITV Regional News at 6pm during the last week of November. Media training will be offered. Terms and conditions apply.

To get an entry pack, just go to this link:

www.itv.com/peoplesmillions

Entrants must be 18 or over. Terms and conditions can be found at itv.com/terms

Find out more via Twitter:

@peoplesmillions

Or Facebook :

https://www.facebook.com/PeoplesMillions

The People's Millions is back!

The People's Millions is coming back to ITV regional news. Across the country, we're giving away 76 prizes of up to £50,000 each to the winning projects - and some of that money is coming here to the West Country.

Over the past eight years ITV in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund have awarded more than £27.8m to 523 community projects across the UK.

We want to encourage applications from a wide range of organisations that can submit community-based projects which improve the lives of local people.

The following organisations are eligible: Voluntary or Community Organisations, Schools, Local Authorities, Health Bodies, Branches of Organisations or Partnerships.

You can enter any time between now and noon on May 13th. Here in the West Country many projects have benefited from Big Lottery money in the past.

Jacquie Bird has been to visit one of them:

Shortlisted projects will go head-to-head for voting on ITV Regional News at 6pm during the last week of November. Media training will be offered. Terms and conditions apply.

To get an entry pack, just go to this link:

www.itv.com/peoplesmillions

Entrants must be 18 or over. Terms and conditions can be found at itv.com/terms

Find out more via Twitter:

@peoplesmillions

Or Facebook :

https://www.facebook.com/PeoplesMillions

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