On Friday, 2nd September, public voting opened for the final 22 projects which have made it through to the finals of the 2011 National Lottery Awards. In its eighth year, the National Lottery Awards recognise the difference that Lottery-funded projects – both big and small – make to local communities, and celebrate the achievements of the people behind them. All the projects in the running have already received Lottery funding and the Awards celebrate how they have put that money to good use. The public have only 3 weeks to show their support for their favourite project, with voting closing at midday on 26th September. There can only be one winner from each of seven categories and they will receive national recognition at a star-studded event, broadcast on national TV later this year, as well as a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project. More information can be found at www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk

The Quilt Museum and Gallery in York opened in 2008, displaying the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles’ collection of more than 800 historic and contemporary quilts.
National Lottery funding has enabled the museum to run Unfolding The Quilts – an extensive volunteer programme which recruits and trains up to 80 volunteers at a time, from a variety of backgrounds. Volunteers help manage the museum through stewarding and assisting with exhibition changeovers, teaching education workshops, conservation, display management and administration.
To vote for Unfolding the Quilts call: 0844 836 9716 or log on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards