A LEGO club in Nottingham, UK, is up for funding in the final of ITV’s The People’s Projects.
Every fortnight at Rough Trade Records in Nottingham, families get together to build with LEGO bricks. Make to Make is the community interest company behind the project, also running workshops such as Craft Café – a programme for isolated members of the community.
After receiving Awards For All funding from The Big Lottery Fund last year for the two projects, Make to Make was encouraged to apply for a larger grant from The People’s Projects. An ITV Central team has filmed a segment about the LEGO Club and the four other funding finalists, which will be screened on TV. The public will then vote for the scheme that they would like to be the regional winner.
Kim Errington, the Managing Director of Make to Make, explained to LeftLion that the LEGO Club was intended as an activity to encourage fathers to spend time with their children. This was in response to many schemes being available in Nottingham for mothers and children, but fewer for fathers. “Saying that, we don’t exclude anyone; we get loads of mums there too which is great,” he explained. “We also get grandparents and whole families, people who borrow their mates’ kids because, really, they want to come.”
The public can vote for the projects up until Monday, April 30, at The Peoples Project website.