COMMUNITY crusades are jostling for votes in a chance to win vital funding that will make a difference to lives.
The top three entries clinching the most public votes in each area will scoop £6,000 from the NatWest CommunityForce competition.
Projects bidding for the boost in Chesterfield include disabled children’s charity Fairplay, which wants to win cash for its under-fives parent support group.
Co-ordinator Charlotte Shore said the weekly service was a lifeline for those who had a child with a disability.
She said: “It’s vital for these parents to have this opportunity, where they know they’re understood, the children are, and they can just have a coffee and a chat.
“They can have time with the children and then when the staff play with the kids time together to share information and advice.”
People can vote for schemes in their community online until October 23.
Another local project in the running for the windfall is the Free From Addiction peer-to-peer alcohol support group.
Helping addicts recover by putting on new diversionary activities – like cooking, arts and crafts or photography – would be paid for by the money.
Grop leader Gary Topley said: “This would be a massive step and boost to people in their recovery.
“Now we’re a weekly group but I’d like to be able to provide activities every day.”
The contest is a new initiative where NatWest work with local communities to support people, projects and charities making a real difference.
Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Credit Union, based at Theatre Yard, is hoping to pay towards rentingW more visible premises if it scoops the cash.
Manager Karen Peck said: “As always want to increase our membership to help more people in financial exclusion and having more visible premises is a key part of that.”
To see all the projects in Derbyshire and cast your vote visit http://communityforce.natwest.com/
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