Thanks to overwhelming support from the public, Ouseburn Farm Charity in Byker is celebrating after it was successful in its bid to secure £34,465 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s People’s Projects.

The funding will support the Charity’s ‘Growing Strong’ project, which aims to help adults with learning difficulties and disabilities to develop their skills and experience, helping them move into education, volunteering, training and employment. It will also improve access to the Ouseburn Farm site and bring the community together for events and activities.

The Charity was one of 95 community-based projects shortlisted across the UK and one of only five organisations shortlisted in the North East region.

The top three organisations with the most amount of public votes received a share of £150,000. The public were invited to decide how National Lottery funding should be spent in their local area and Ouseburn Farm is now looking forward to starting the project.

Dorothy Ellis, Ouseburn Farm Manager said: “This is wonderful news for Ouseburn Farm, our participants and our community, who will all benefit from the project. We are incredibly grateful to the public and local businesses who rallied round to support us and vote for us. Thank you.

“Our ‘Growing Strong’ project will provide a tailored programme with fantastic opportunities for participants to gain work experience and training at Ouseburn Farm Charity’s café, working farm, pre-loved furniture warehouse and carpentry workshop. Options that are available include catering, customer services, animal care, carpentry, horticulture and retail, all delivered in a live work environment.

“It will also contribute towards improving access to the Farm for those with mobility issues and will bring the community together for events and activities to help foster social networks.”

Now in its 13th year, the Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery teamed up to give the public a chance to decide how National Lottery funding should be put to good use in their local area. Since 2005, around £39 million has been awarded to 865 good causes across the UK.