Since the establishment of the People’s Millions Competition, hundreds of communities have benefited from its funding opportunities. Here is a timeline of the more unique projects.
2005 ‘Wich’ Barge is Best
One of the first winners was in Gloucester where they wanted to reconstruct a Wich barge to commemorate the historical significance of the canals and salt industry.
2006 Animal Cemetery Restoration
A rare local interest in Ilford was a pet cemetery which residents used funds to restore and repair.
2007 Maximising The Longridge Magic
This project aimed to provide affordable activities and facilities for young people by constructing a high ropes course that will link across a river to an island used for adventure activities.
2008 Starting Out
Volunteers eager to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills serviced, cleaned and repaired old furniture and appliances in order to give them to homeless individuals to aid the rebuilding of their livelihoods.
2009 Multi-Cultural Cafe
As a project aimed to be beneficial for everyone, this cafe was established to provide work for volunteers from a variety of ethnic backgrounds while serving the community in the process.
2010 Surf Action
In order to help military veterans overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, this project offered surfing courses for the veterans and their families.
2011 Kosy Komfy Kidz
A more unique project in Cumbria focused on building junior toilets for smaller users who could not reach the adult ones at Burton Memorial Hall.
The initiative was postponed.
2013 Growing Lives
A rare winning project was Growing Lives in Derbyshire which provided training in organic horticulture to homeless people to help them gain employment.
2014- Winton Play Garden
The focus for this initiative was to create a sensory garden to improve the lifestyle of disabled children and bring them together in the community with able-bodied children. For more information, click here.