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The People's Millions

Big Lottery Fund

Thank you to everyone who voted for us in the People's Million's competition. Your vote will allow us to continue to refurbish two of our Women's Accommodation projects. Updates on how the refurbishment is progressing will be availabvle on our website, so please keep checking back. Thank you!

The Cyrenians have successfully reached the final round of the Big Lottery Fund People's MillionsPeople's Millions funding stream and on November 24th YOUR VOTES WILL COUNT.

The People's Millions is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and ITV, where the public decides which local community project will receive funding.

Our project 'New Beginnings' involves two properties on Westgate Road in the centre of Newcastle which were in a state of disrepair. Earlier in the year we began a refurbishment project on both properties - the unique factor being that the residents themselves would be heavily involved in the planning and implementation of the refurbishment.

This meant that the women using the facilities, with the help of an interior designer, would decided on colour schemes, wallpaper, furniture and decorations. they would also train in skills such as joinery, wallpapering and painting and decorating at our Construction Skills Training Centre. Skills they could all put in practice during the project.

To date, the refurbishment of the women's accommodation has been completed to a very high standard. All of the women have been involved in the work that has been carried out. They have even made their own beds, tables and bathroom cabinets. The women are understandably proud of what they have achieved so far.

However, there is still so much to do. There are seven bathrooms and two kitchens that have not been touched. The difference between the areas that haven't been completed and the living areas that have been transformed, is extremely noticeable. All of the women are still enthusiastic and motivated to complete the refurb and this is what the funding will allow us to do.

But this project cannot be finished without your votes, however the voting telephone number will not be released until the morning of the 24th November.

If you would like to vote for this project you can register your interest by sending an email to and on the morning of the 24th November, we will email you with the telephone number so you can register your vote. Alternatively, please telephone 0191 256 2917, and we will arrange to call you back on the voting day with the voting telephone number.

The number will also be available on the 24th November on the People's Millions Website

We will also publish the telephone number here on the morning of the 24th, so please check back.

Voting lines are open 9am - 12 Midnight

Remember, everyone can vote 10 times from each individual phone.