Sussex

Sussex projects appeal for National Lottery Awards votes

Ferring Small Animal Farm
Image caption The farm gives people new skills which they may use for future work

Three Sussex projects are hoping to make it through to the final of the 2011 National Lottery Awards.

Ferring Country Centre's Small Animal Farm, Hastings Homeless Service and BHT are in the semi-finals of the competition for Lottery-funded schemes.

They are three of a total of 70 schemes in seven categories vying to make it through to the final, which will be televised on BBC1 later this year.

The public vote for the semi-finals opened today and will close on 20 June.

The three projects with the most votes in each category will make it through to the final and the winner receives £2,000.

Ferring Country Centre's Small Animal Farm

Ferring Country Centre's Small Animal Farm in Worthing is competing in the Best Education Project category.

The project partners animal husbandry training with the benefits of special animal-assisted therapy to help improve the lives of people with learning difficulties. Visitors learn how to work with animals in a farm setting and gain new skills they may later use in a voluntary role or possibly a paid job.

The project has so far received £50,000 in lottery funding.

Hastings Homeless Service

Hastings Homeless service is competing in the Best Health Project category.

The service provides vital healthcare services and treatments at times and locations where homeless or vulnerably housed people can access them most easily. The project aims to improve the overall health of homeless people in the Hastings area and increase their chances of being re-housed.

The project has so far received over £330,000 in lottery funding.

BHT (Accommodation 4 Work)

Brighton-based BHT is competing in the Best Voluntary/Charity Project category.

The project provides accommodation with training and work-focused support to homeless men and women looking to secure and maintain permanent employment. Residents of the project pay an affordable rent and are encouraged to use this as an opportunity to start saving so they can move into independent accommodation.

The project has so far received over £435,000 in lottery funding.

Voting for the awards can be done via the National Lottery Good Causes website.

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