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We are delighted to have reached the finals of The National Lottery Awards!

The Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they aim to celebrate and recognise the difference that those projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK.

The Playhouse is competing against six other projects for the title of Best Heritage Project.

We could be in with the chance of appearing on a BBC One show, and we need your vote to help us win!

Please support us, just visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk to cast your vote or by phone on 0844 836 9670  until midnight on July 20.


You can follow the campaign on twitter: hashtag #NLAwards and #VotePlayhouse

Every vote counts, so we really appreciate your support!


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The Playhouse's big red doors first opened in 1992 when director Pauline Ross managed to rescue two dilapidated buildings. The former school blocks had only narrowly escaped demolition a few years before when they were Grade II-listed. The Playhouse grew into an award-winning cultural project with charitable status. But a major challenge presented itself as the listed buildings fell into a pitiful state over the next 16 years. Funding of £4.6m was secured for a revamp through the Heritage Lottery Fund and other sources and The Playhouse re-launched on November 27, 2009.

The buildings are next to Derry's 400-year-old city walls, the largest state monument in Northern Ireland. More than 75 per Cent of the former school buildings have been restored, with the heritage features incorporated into the new elements.

The buildings are considered one of the best examples in Northern Ireland of how listed properties can be sympathetically restored and fused with modern design and have won numerous awards, including a British Urban Regeneration Award.

The Playhouses also runs a large selection of socially engaged arts programmes, providing opportunities, training, guidance and experience for all types of artistic individuals and creative communities.

We work in some of the most divided and deprived neighbourhoods in Northern Ireland, and we have a 24 year track record of using arts activity to promote healing, understanding, reconciliation and transformation between our communities.

The revival has led to the restoration of other large buildings in the neighbourhood and has helped drive Derry's creative economy. In many ways it has not only led to the restoration of buildings and the wider area, but to the restoration of people themselves, empowering them and giving themselves a renewed confidence.


The 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 National Lottery Awards have seven categories - each reflecting an area of Lottery funding: Sport; Heritage; Arts; Environment; Health; Education; and The Playhouse is one of only seven projects to make it through to the finals in the Best Heritage Project category.


Please support us, just visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards to cast your vote or by phone on 0844 836 9670  until midnight on July 20.



Heart of Foyle' First Responder Taxi Scheme have also been nominated for the Health category!

Please also take a moment to vote for them! Call 0844 836 9702 or visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk.

Foyle First Responder Scheme as it's known locally, trains and equips taxi drivers to deliver first aid or medical assistance in emergency situations. Their volunteers and drivers are often first on the scene of emergencies and their intervention can save vital minutes and indeed lives by beginning CPR or defibrillation before an ambulance arrives.



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