Northumberland project scores £50,000 in ITV vote

The Royal Voluntary Service is trying to win a �50,000 grant to set up a new service to help older people in Wooler.
The Royal Voluntary Service is trying to win a �50,000 grant to set up a new service to help older people in Wooler.

A charity which supports elderly people has won £50,000 for its new project in Wooler.

Royal Voluntary Service (formerly WRVS) was shortlisted for ITV’s People’s Millions award, a partnership between ITV and the Big Lottery fund in which the public will help to decide which community project wins the funding.

The project – a vital new service called Men in the Workshop – was featured on the ITV Tyne Tees news on Wednesday night and while it lost out in that day’s vote, it took the bonus prize for the most runner-up votes across the week.

The project will provide social opportunities for older men in rural communities to help prevent isolation and help them to stay active in the local community.