National Lottery: Derry project reaches awards finals

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A project by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) charity which runs projects in Derry has reached the finals of this year’s National Lottery Awards and is working hard to secure the votes it needs to win. The Young Carers Nature Challenge (YCNC) project scheme is a finalist in the Environment category. The project which receives the most votes will win – and TCV are asking for support for their project.

The Young Carers Nature Challenge project scheme was created to provide young carers with respite from their caring responsibilities, whilst giving them the opportunity to discover and explore the natural world through a range of nature-based games and practical conservation activities. A typical project involves getting a group of young carers together over two days, working on initiatives such as designing a nature walk or building foot bridges. All activities have been accompanied by fun games with ‘Hide and Seek’ and 40-40 in the woodlands being amongst their favourites!

Voting for the finals has now started and ends at midnight on July 23rd. Supporters can vote for TCV’s The Young Carers Nature Challenge by calling 0844 836 9690 or logging on to

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they recognise and celebrate the difference that Lottery-funded projects make to communities across the UK.

The winning project in each category will receive national recognition on a star-studded BBC One TV show in early September and £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project.