THE Gazette has once again teamed up with Barclays to offer deserving causes across Ealing the chance to win a cash prize.
The winners of our Let's Do It Awards will scoop £1,000 as well as a Barclays Money Skills Award worth £1,000, which will provide training on money management.
A first runner-up will get £500, and our final winner will benefit from the volunteering services of a team of local Barclays staff for a day, along with a volunteering grant of up to £750 to be used to buy materials or cover the costs of associated volunteering.
Examples can include decorating, gardening, outings to leisure spots and places of interest, and celebratory parties.
Barclays Money Skills is a long-term commitment to help people improve their confidence and ability in managing money. This includes budgeting, making informed financial choices and knowing where to get help.
Working with money every day means Barclays has a lot of financial knowledge to share, so to make the biggest difference it can it supports staff in volunteering to deliver interactive Barclays Money Skills activities in local schools and charities.
Nigel Taylor, network director, said: "Barclays strengthens the local communities in which we live and work by supporting a broad range of causes at a very local level. This competition ensures that Barclays community funds are made available to charities and community groups in the local area that are most in need.
"We look forward to hearing about the excellent and worthwhile projects happening in the local area. At Barclays, we take our responsibilities seriously. We are really proud of our leading community investment programme.
"In 2009, we invested £54.9million in communities around the world in 31 countries to support our staff getting involved in our fundraising, volunteering and regular giving initiatives. Our employees are the driving force behind our community investment programme, with 58,000 colleagues volunteering their time and raising funds to benefit more than 7,700 charities and community groups in 2009.
"During the past three years Barclays people have raised over £44m for their favourite charities with our help and matched funding."Barclays is one of 21 pioneering companies to achieve the Business in the Community 'CommunityMark'.
"The CommunityMark is a new national standard that recognises companies that are best investors in their communities."
HOW TO ENTER
**To enter, complete the coupon on this page and attach a typed A4 sheet (maximum two sides) with supporting information, such as what your group does; for whom it provides a service; why it deserves the award; and, how it would spend the money or use the Barclays volunteers. **Send the completed form to: Let's Do It Awards, Ealing Gazette, 93 Staines Road, Hounslow, TW3 3JB. **Applications will only be accepted from registered charities or not-for-profit organisations.
**Anyone can enter, whether you help out with a registered charity, organise a scout group or just know a local organisation that needs some help. The closing date for applications is February 14, 2011. Shortlisted entrants will be notified ahead of an award ceremony in March/April 2011. **To find out more about Barclays Community Investment Programme, go to www.barclays.com/ community. Anyone who has any queries should call community manager Nicholas Smith on 020 8273 5960.