Cardiff Samaritans needs your vote in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund

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Cardiff Samaritans has been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 in Cardiff West.

By encouraging the public to vote, Cardiff Samaritans has a chance to be awarded a grant of up to £3,000 from Lloyds Bank to enable it to continue doing good work in the community.

The fund would allow the Branch to regenerate its work in local schools.  The School’s Project aims to help young people to better look after their emotional health and to give them strategies for dealing with the difficult times in their life.  The aims are to promote the understanding of emotional health, develop skills to cope positively with challenges in life and to encourage young people to ask for help when they need it.  Samaritans approaches the topic with young people in a way that works for them.  This means using language they are comfortable with, using examples from their experience, and taking a facilitative approach, where their views form the basis of discussion.

In other areas of the UK there was an evaluation in March 2012 of the School’s Project showing that 94% of students indicated they now knew of coping strategies they could use to manage emotional problems, 96% reported they now knew where they could access emotional support and 76% indicated that they would be more likely to help support their peers.  The branch hopes to replicate these figures in the Cardiff & District Community. 

The Lloyds Bank Community Fund was set up to help local people across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man to have a positive impact at the heart of their community by giving grants to up to 1,400 local good causes in 350 communities.

There are four good causes shortlisted in each community and Lloyds Bank is inviting everyone to vote for the causes they’d most like to support.

Members of the public can vote for their preferred community group online, by SMS or Twitter, or in a branch of Lloyds bank from 2 September to 10 October 2014. The local good cause that receives most votes in each community will receive an award of £3,000, with the other groups receiving £2,000, £1,000 or £500 depending on the votes received.

You can find out more about the Community Fund and Cardiff Samaritans and cast your vote by visiting the Lloyds Bank Community Fund website at: www.lloydsbank.com/communityfund.

Voting for the 2014 Community Fund is open until Friday 10 October.