Four community groups from Mansfield have been shortlisted for cash awards from the bank’s Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014.
The four groups are Pinxton Community Gym, Inspire and Achieve Foundation, Sherwood Forest Foodbank and Our Centre.
Members of the public can now vote online, by SMS text message, by visiting a local Lloyds Bank branch and, for the first time, using Twitter.
Graham Lindsay, of Lloyds Banking Group, said: “Through our Helping Britain Prosper Plan we have committed to being the banking group that brings communities together to help them thrive. We are incredibly proud to be able to support more community groups than ever before to continue their vital work through our Community Fund 2014.
“This year your vote can make a significant difference to the amount awarded to each community group so I encourage everyone to take a moment to champion a good cause locally and cast a vote.”
Pinxton Community Gym aims to provide affordable exercise facilities and, if successful, would develop the much needed and popular cardiovascular section of the gym.
Inspire and Achieve Foundation say an award would help grow their boxing, young parents (babies) and football outreach projects for unemployed young people aged 16-24 in Mansfield and Ashfield. These projects allow the group to support and mentor young people, progressing them into education, employment, volunteering or work experience.
Sherwood Forest Foodbank wants to develop their by better record keeping through the use of IT, and better storage to ensure the best use of the food resources they collect.
Our Centre provides community transport for people with physical and mental disabilities, who are unable to use mainstream transport. An award would be used to provide training and expenses for volunteers to escort drivers who pick up patients with dementia.
The number of votes cast in each community will decide how the awards are allocated.
In each community the good cause that receives the most votes will receive a £3,000 award, with the second placed group receiving an award of £2,000, those in third and fourth place receiving £1,000 and £500 respectively.
Over 7,000 community groups have been nominated throughout the UK, nearly 4,500 applied and were then shortlisted to the final 1,400 local good causes.
Public voting for the Community Fund 2014 is open until 10 October 2014. Votes can be cast in Lloyds Bank branches, online, by SMS text message and, for the first time, via Twitter.
To find out more and vote visit www.lloydsbank.com/communityfund