A community group in Corby needs your votes to run a project supporting people suffering from mental illnesses or recovering from alcohol or drug addiction.
Stages’ (Support Training Advice Guidance Educational Services) ‘Healing Minds - People Helping People’ project is one of five groups in the ITV Anglia West region competing for £50,000 of National Lottery funding.
Voting opens at 9am today (Monday) – and workers are counting on the support of the community to help them make a difference.
Katie Read, founder and director at Stages, said: “The money will help Stages to continue to deliver regular mindfulness, CBT, meditation, counselling, holistic therapies including Reiki, crystal healing, Indian head massage and reflexology sessions.
“We would like to be able to put together a weekly timetable of events including mindful nutrition and other gentle exercise sessions such as tai chi, yoga and mindful movement sessions.
“This will empower our service users to help themselves by taking care of their own mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being and passing on this knowledge through their own family and friends.
“Additionally, we would like to deliver more practical skills such as basic life skills, budgeting skills and dealing with difficult situations and we want to facilitate more children’s sessions to ensure that the children in these families are fully supported.
“A building of our own would also help us to be self-sufficient in future because we would be able to hold lots of community fundraising events and encourage the Corby community to get involved in the further expansion of our centre. “The people who have already used our services have fed back to us that our service has been a lifeline to them especially with the cuts to mental health services funding over the last few years.
“They have also reported that their lives have changed massively since they joined us.
“Those who have been helped want Stages moving forward to be their life purpose and to help others in the way that they have been helped.”
If the project was to win funding it would also support families who deal with a lot of stress trying to support the people who Stage help.
Big Lottery Fund chief executive Dawn Austwick said: “We are proud to support 12,000 projects every year that use the knowledge and ideas of local people to strengthen communities.
“The People’s Projects is a chance for you to decide how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community, so make sure you have your say on who you think should win.”
Voting closes at midday on Monday, April 3.
People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote.
To vote for Stages’ project, click here.