British Blind Sport’s national project, See My Voice, is appealing for votes after reaching the finals of the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards - the search for the UK’s favourite ever National Lottery funded projects.
More than 565,000 National Lottery grants have been awarded since 1994, the equivalent of around 200 life-changing projects in every UK postcode district helping to strengthen communities, deliver sporting success, protect the environment, unleash local creative talent and look after the elderly and those at risk.
See My Voice is competing in the Best Sports category. They overcame stiff competition from more than 700 organisations to reach the public voting stage in this year’s National Lottery Awards, which celebrate the inspirational people and projects who do extraordinary things with the help of National Lottery funding.
The project with the most votes will be crowned the winner and receive a £10,000 cash prize, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded glittering awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One in November.
British Blind Sport’s See My Voice project focuses on developing the skills and confidence of young people living with sight loss through a bespoke volunteering and leadership programme. The programme provides a platform for young leaders to articulate their opinions on important social issues such as inclusion, accessibility and equal opportunities in sport and physical activity.
CEO of British Blind Sport, Alaina MacGregor, says winning a prestigious National Lottery Award and having the charity’s work showcased on national television would be a huge honour.
She said: “British Blind Sport established the See My voice project after discovering that many blind and partially sighted young people were feeling frustrated that their voices were not being heard by people in authority. The premise being, “Just because I can’t see, doesn’t mean I can’t hear or that I don’t have an opinion on decisions being made about me”.
The funding received from the National Lottery has been pivotal to the success of the See My Voice project, enabling the charity to provide dedicated mentoring and personalised support to the Young Leaders; equipping them with the skills to ensure their voice and opinions are both heard and valued which in turn, will go a long way to helping shape the future of inclusive sport.
Please show your support and vote for the See My Voice project. With every vote, you will be helping to guarantee that young people with a visual impairment continue to be heard and play an active role in the development of services for all people with sight loss.”
Jonathan Tuchner, from the National Lottery, added: “It’s thanks to National Lottery players, who raise more than £30 million each week for good causes, that brilliant projects like those in the finals of the National Lottery Awards are possible.
“The See My Voice project is doing an incredible job, developing the skills of young leaders on a national scale to become ambassadors for change and making big impacts in their local communities. The work of the See My Voice project and the young leaders enrolled on the programme is hugely impressive. They thoroughly deserve to be in the finals of the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards and with your support they could be a winner.”
To vote go to https://bit.ly/NLASeeMyVoice or tweet with the hashtag #NLASeeMyVoice. You can also follow the campaign on Twitter: hashtag #NLAwards. Voting runs from 9am on 24 July until midnight on 21 August.
The award categories reflect the main areas of National Lottery funding: heritage, sport, arts, culture and film, community and charity, sporting legend which will be decided by a public vote alongside lifetime achievement, young hero, special recognition, and twelve local legend awards, which will be selected by a panel made up of representatives from the National Lottery family.
The first National Lottery draw took place on 19 November 1994. The 25th birthday is a moment to celebrate the extraordinary impact The National Lottery has had on the UK and, most importantly, to say thank you to National Lottery players for contributing tens of millions of pounds every week to good causes.
Whilst The National Lottery is all about winning – with more than 5,100 millionaires created since 1994 – its primary purpose is all about giving. National Lottery players have raised more than £40 billion for good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community over the past 25 years.