Different generations are coming together to tackle loneliness with singing

Each week The National Lottery raises a staggering £30m for good causes across the country.

And to celebrate the huge impact it has had on UK life over the years, they are running #CelebrateNationalLottery25, a £2m fund giving people the chance to apply for funding of between £100 and £1,000 for an event or activity that brings their community together in 2020.

You’ll be amazed at what can be achieved when a small grant meets a really big imagination!

Primary school chair of governors and mum-of-two Rebecca Brookes applied for a small National Lottery grant to help take her school choir on the road and perform in local care homes and community centres. Here she explains why the project is hitting all the right notes…

“Bringing generations together to combat loneliness isn’t something that just benefits the elderly – children gain a lot from it too.

“Our primary school, Our Lady of Sorrows, is based in the village of Armthorpe, near Doncaster. Some students have already been paying visits to local care homes, and we decided to build on that with a community outreach programme. It’s been funded by a small grant from The National Lottery and centre stage is the school choir.

“The choir puts on performances in care homes and community centres where the charity Age Concern runs sessions. We launched it in October with a performance at Charles Court Residential Care Home.

“Seeing the children chatting to residents was great. Interacting with people with so much life experience is beneficial to them, and they’re gaining confidence from performing. Hopefully we’ve brought laughter and joy into the lives of residents, too.”


You can apply for a grant at CelebrateNationalLottery25.com between November 23 and 2pm on December 6, 2019.

The funding you are requesting must be used between 1st February 2020 and December 31st 2020.

You’ll need to state what you’d like to do, how much money you need and how it will bring people together.

You’ll be eligible to apply if you are a group of two or more people, a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation, a school, college or university or a community council.

Successful applicants will be notified by 31 January and receive a prepaid card in the post soon after.

So, what are you waiting for? Why not help The National Lottery to mark its milestone birthday by making a real difference to the place you live.

The power to make community magic happen is in your hands!

Applicants must be 18+. Ts&Cs apply. See website for further details and to check eligibility.

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