Life changing

Meet Stewart & his team, 2017 winners of The People's Projects

Did you know that every time you play The National Lottery you contribute to thousands of Good Causes across the UK? From community groups to sports clubs, health charities to parks and much, much, more, you help fund projects in all shapes and sizes. With The People’s Projects, our players decide where some of that funding goes.

The People’s Projects helps projects near you get a funding boost of up to £50,000 from The National Lottery.

Thanks to you

Last year, Haircuts4Homeless were one of 57 community projects chosen by you to win extra funding through The People’s Projects.

Haircuts4Homeless is a community group set up by veteran hairdresser Stewart Roberts. Inspired by the actions of hairdressers in various parts of the world cutting hair for the homeless, Stewart set out to build a whole community of skilled hairdressers who volunteer to provide free haircuts for homeless people.

A haircut can have a huge impact on people’s self esteem and confidence but understandably isn’t high on someone’s list of priorities when they are homeless. By providing people with this service Stewart has really helped to give his clients a real mental and emotional boost.

And it doesn’t end there, Stewart explains his plans to widen the breadth of Haircuts4Homeless, “We started the project in Havering and, with the right amount of support, plan to roll it out across the UK and beyond. There is something very personal about cutting someone’s hair that can be both enjoyable and therapeutic which is something that many homeless people rarely get.

"It may be ‘just a haircut’, but it's the kindness shown that makes a homeless person know that people really care".

Your vote counts

The People’s Projects is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (the biggest distributor of National Lottery Funding), ITV and The National Lottery. Find out who which projects will receive National Lottery funding when the winners are announced on Thursday 3rd May.

The top three projects from each of ITV's 19 regions will receive a funding boost of up to £50,000, that’s 57 local causes that will receive additional support to help them achieve extraordinary things within their communities.

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