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Blog - 2020

  1. Serious Play

    28th October 2020

    Joy of Sound runs playful musical sessions using an amazing array of bespoke instruments that can be strummed, plucked or plinked. Founded 20 years ago, the group works primarily with the disabled, the impaired, the elderly and the unemployed among others.

  2. Challenging Limits

    28th October 2020

    Mal used an almost fatal incident to motivate him to create a project which helps men in his area keep fit. Now, in recognition of his work in his community, a special bench is being dedicated to him.

  3. Freedom on two wheels

    28th October 2020

    Bikes for refugees is a project that offers solidarity and friendship towards newcomers to the UK.

  4. Responding to loss and loneliness

    28th October 2020

    Oyovwe founded the Widows’ Empowerment Trust after seeing a close friend lose her husband and sensing her loneliness and social isolation. Oyovwe is one of 12 people who have a bench dedicated to them

  5. A Song For Life

    28th October 2020

    A Swan Song Project is a unique idea that supports people near the end of their lives or facing the loss of a loved one, to write and record their own songs.

  6. Finding yourself after a loss

    28th October 2020

    Rhian Mannings is the founder of 2 Wish Upon A Star - a charity she set up after her family was hit by a double tragedy in 2012.

  7. We see Lonely People Come To Life Again

    28th October 2020

    Emily Kenward is the founder of the charity Time To Talk Befriending, which provided immense support to elderly people during lockdown.

  8. Putting veterans at ease

    26th October 2020

    It was lived experience that motivated Claire Wright and Chris Squires to start Trafford Veterans. Both veterans – Royal Navy and King’s Regiment respectively – the Stretford-based couple found themselves needing support five years ago, but struggled to find help.

  9. How a taxi driver helped me talk

    9th October 2020

    William Hall is a 25-year army veteran who had fallen into isolation, that is until he met David Gibson, the founder of Fares4Free.

  10. National Lottery funded films selected for this year's BFI London Film Festival

    30th September 2020

    The programme for the BFI London Film Festival, which takes place from 7-18 October, features a whopping14 films that have received National Lottery funding. Read on to find out our top three feature and short film highlights, all headed to the big screen thanks to the players.

  11. National Lottery funded film 'ROCKS' is 5*!

    25th September 2020

    National Lottery funded film ROCKS has received outstanding reviews since it opened in cinemas last Friday

  12. Thanks for the memories

    21st September 2020

    Wigan Warriors used money from The National Lottery to form a social group for people with dementia