Phoenix Enterprises needs your vote to win over £28K of National Lottery funding

By Nick Batten on 15 May, 2023

Wiltshire charity, Phoenix Enterprises is calling on local people to help it secure £28,600 of much-needed funding by voting for it in this year’s The People’s Projects – a partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund, ITV, UTV and the Sunday Mail.

Based in Swindon, Phoenix Enterprises is one of five organisations in ITV’s West Country East region in the running for a share of almost £250,000 (per region) of funding. The only Swindon charity to be shortlisted, Phoenix Enterprises works with adults experiencing mental health issues, learning difficulties, physical disabilities and people who are struggling to return to work. 

If successful, the charity will use the money to help its service users learn new skills that will improve their home lives and their chances of getting paid work. 

The People’s Projects gives the public the chance to have a say in how National Lottery funding is spent in their community. It not only delivers vital grants to the heart of UK communities, but also raises awareness of the work of the 95 shortlisted community groups vying for your vote.

In each of ITV and UTV’s regions across the UK, the three projects with the most public votes will receive the grant they applied for.

This week, Phoenix Enterprises will feature on ITV’s West Country East at 6pm which will include a film of the charity’s ‘Phoenix Rising’ project.

To be in with a chance of winning, the charity is calling on viewers to support its bid. Voting opens at 9am today (15th May) at and will close in two weeks.

Clare McDougall, Chief Executive Officer at Phoenix Enterprises, said, “The People’s Projects has given us an amazing opportunity to raise awareness and support for our work and, with your help, secure this additional much-needed funding. If we win, our project will make a real difference to the 100 adults facing real challenges that come to Phoenix each year.

“They have a great time, they work really hard and they learn lots. But we want to do more – our people want to learn how to cook, how to grow, how to paint and how to sew! They want to learn new skills that will make them more employable and brighten their home lives. Through our Phoenix Rising project we aim to help our people rise to the challenges they face in daily life. We have applied for this funding to make this possible, but we now need people to get behind us, to show their support and vote.” 

David Knott, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund, added, “The People’s Projects delivers much-needed funding to the heart of communities and showcases the incredible efforts of hard-working projects across the UK. The short-listed groups are truly inspirational, each delivering life-changing support to their community in different ways. It is now time for the public to have their say in how vital National Lottery funding is used in their area to make a difference to people’s lives, particularly in these challenging times.” 

Voting closes at noon on Friday 26th May 2023. People can vote only once per region and will need an email address or mobile number to vote.

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Pictured above: Aiesha, Kristian, Gemma and Tom from Phoenix Enterprises