National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery awards over £300k to Somerset charity, PROMISEworks to help more of Somerset’s vulnerable young people

PROMISEworks, whose volunteer mentors support vulnerable children and young people across Somerset, are celebrating the award of £337k from The National Lottery Community Fund. This money will enable the charity to help many of the 200 young people currently on its waiting list following a dramatic increase in referrals since the COVID crisis. 

 Robert Peto, Chair of PROMISEworks said: “We are thrilled that the importance of our work has been recognised  by The National Lottery Community Fund. National Lottery players can feel proud their contribution will help less fortunate families and young people across Somerset.  We will also reach out to our local communities to encourage their generous-minded volunteers to step forward and train with us as mentors.”              

Joanna Davey, volunteer mentor said: “I now have an appreciation of how COVID has disrupted young people’s education and how so many have had to cope with tremendous pressures. For my young person, who feels anxious about attending school, it’s added another layer of complexity to her life.

It’s exciting too, playing a part in helping a young person make decisions and steer their way through the hurdles of exams and next steps. Knowing the potential she has and the significance of this time in setting her on a positive track, feels like a real privilege. I draw on my experience to share it in a way that adds value to her life.”

The National Lottery Community  Fund distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. It is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The award to PROMISEworks will mean many more of our Somerset young people benefit from a trusting and long-term relationship with a trained, supported and carefully- matched volunteer.  Each young person is different but we focus on building resilience, self-confidence, and positive relationships and future plans.

The charity will now move forward with its plans to become better-known across Somerset and to expand links with businesses and local partners, in order to build long term support both in finding new volunteer mentors and raising funds.

Last year The National Lottery Community Fund awarded over half a billion pounds (£588.2 million) of life-changing funding to communities across the UK, and supported over 14,000 projects to turn their great ideas into reality. National Lottery players raise more than £30 million* each week for good causes throughout the UK.  

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