TV viewers are urged to vote for a £50,000 lottery bid for a community café in Hoole by calling a special phone number on Tuesday, November 25.
The café, based in Hoole Community Centre, will provide vital support and social opportunities for isolated and lonely members of the community.
People can learn more about Hoole Community Centre’s vision by watching Granada News at 6pm on Tuesday, November 25 and then vote for the café, which is among a number of projects short-listed for cash from the People’s Millions Lottery Fund.
The scheme that attracts the most votes on the night gets the money.
If the bid is successful the café would offer an affordable menu to enable residents to enjoy a more active social life, offer free tablet computer tuition to help people access basic email, internet and Skype facilities and provide advice on preparing affordable and nutritional meals at home.
Cllr Bob Thompson, chair of Hoole Community Development Trust, which runs the centre, said: “We are incredibly proud that our bid for funds for a community café have reached the final rounds of the People’s Millions Lottery Fund but now we really need our residents to get behind this project and make it become a reality.
“The Hoole ward has a high number of single people living within its community and having a network of support is vital to ensure that they don’t suffer from issues such as loneliness and poor health to name just a couple.
“This really is a fantastic project so please support your local community by voting for us next Tuesday night.”
With support from Cheshire West and Chester Council, a kitchen has been installed and if the bid is successful a part-time cook will be employed.
A part-time volunteer coordinator would also be employed to create a team of volunteers to assist in the café and the library. The front of the building would be paved, with furniture installed so the café could operate outside.
A phone number will be given during the programme for viewers to vote for their preferred project. This number will also be available in the Daily Mirror on the day of the programme.
Voting lines will be open from 9am and close at midnight on the day of airing. The cost of a call is 15p for a mobile and BT lines, other networks may vary, and a maximum of 10 calls are allowed from any number.