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People and Places: Building on your community’s strengths

October 16, 2017
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Derek Preston-Hughes, funding manager.

In July 2017 the Big Lottery Fund in Wales relaunched our People and Places grant programme which is open to applications of between £10,001 and £500,000 for community projects lasting up to five years. You can read about the changes here. One of the key changes is that we’re asking all applicants to show us how their project fits into three themes:

  • people-led,
  • strength based and
  • connect

To help explain these in more detail, we’re publishing a series of blogs to help outline what we mean by each theme. Read about people-led here. For this post we asked funding manager Derek Preston-Hughes to tell us a little more about strength based projects. Read more…

10 years and still going strong

October 16, 2017

Funded with a £109,495 Voluntary and Community Sector grant in 2004, Caia Park Deva House Day Centre in Wrexham was refurbished to provide a fully accessible centre for older people in Caia Park, Wrexham. 10 years after it opened the centre is still going strong; Alison Hill from the centre tells us more.

“Last year, ten years after it opened, Deva House has achieved financial sustainability.

“Deva House is an older people’s day care centre situated on Caia Park in Wrexham. Operating out of a small community centre that was renovated using a capital grant from the Big Lottery, Deva House provides a luncheon club, bathing services, social activities and meals on wheels. It provides day care for older people who are referred by social services and those who refer themselves. This means Deva House provides preventative support to people who don’t qualify for local authority funding, our care often helping them stay independent for longer. Read more…

Dance for Parkinson’s

October 11, 2017

Watching the participants arrive at the National Dance Company Wales’ Studio in Cardiff Bay for their Dance for Parkinson’s class you wouldn’t immediately think of a dance troupe. Especially as one gentleman turns up in a wheelchair sporting a sweatshirt with the legend “I don’t float like a butterfly or sting like a bee but I’ve got Parkinson’s like Muhammad Ali”. But in fact a dance troupe is exactly what you should be thinking.

Parkinson’s affects all people differently but as it advances it usually becomes increasingly more debilitating and impacts on the person’s whole body, including their face and speech. Read more…

Wales’ Chairman gets Down to Earth

October 9, 2017
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The wooden roof of the central hall built by participants.

Sir Adrian Webb, Chair Big Lottery Fund Wales, visited Down to Earth at one of their sites near Swansea.

The “Building Sustainable Communities” project received £945,000 in January 2015 through the “Bright New Futures” programme which aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today – a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change. Down to Earth supports young people to design and ultimately build sustainable structures in their own communities e.g. parks, community centre and sports ground.  They are provided with accredited training in sustainable construction on a “live” community based building site alongside green entrepreneur training programmes. The project is working with the most disadvantaged young people (16-24 years old) in south Wales to create inspiring, inclusive and sustainable buildings. Down to Earth also received £716,529 for a three year project in August 2013 through our People and Places programme.

We caught up with Sir Adrian to find out how the visit went, he told us: Read more…

If I wasn’t supported by my family or UCAN, I think things would’ve turned out a lot differently.

September 27, 2017

Starting out from founders Bernie and Jane Latham’s kitchen, UCAN was established in 2005 running drama workshops in partnership with RNIB Cymru at the Sherman Theatre Cardiff. Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength; delivering workshops across Wales and into Europe, and launching the UCAN Go app which supports visually-impaired people to confidently navigate a growing number of theatres.

Today they’re based in Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Visual Sciences where members are delivering confidence-building theatre workshops to visually impaired young people on the Big Lottery Fund-funded Future Insight project, and thanks to Cardiff University, teaching 300 of the next generation of junior doctors about living with a visual-impairment each year. Read more…

“I’ve been with UCAN for over 10 years now, and I can’t imagine what my life would be like had I not been a part of it.”

September 21, 2017

Megan John is 24 from Cardiff and was born with Cataracts, Nystagmus, and Aniridia. She joined UCAN as a founding member and came to realise that performing arts could change her life.

Starting out from founders Bernie and Jane Latham’s kitchen, UCAN was established in 2005 running drama workshops in partnership with RNIB Cymru at the Sherman Theatre Cardiff. Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength; delivering workshops across Wales and into Europe, and launching the UCAN Go app which supports visually-impaired people to confidently navigate a growing number of theatres.

Today they’re based in Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Visual Sciences where members are delivering confidence-building theatre workshops to visually impaired young people on the Big Lottery Fund-funded Future Insight project, and thanks to Cardiff University, teaching 300 of the next generation of junior doctors about living with a visual-impairment each year. Read more…

People and Places: Putting people at the heart of the design, development and delivery of your project

September 19, 2017

In July 2017 the Big Lottery Fund in Wales relaunched our People and Places grant programme which is open to applications of between £10,001 and £500,000 for community projects lasting up to five years. You can read about the changes here. One of the key changes is that we’re asking all applicants to show us how their project fits into three themes: people-led, strength based, and connect.

To help explain these in more detail, we’re publishing a series of blogs to help outline what we mean by each theme. For this post we asked Communications Manager Rosie Dent to tell us a little more about people-led projects.

In a snapshot, what does ‘people-led’ mean?

We want the projects we fund to have meaningfully involved the people they’re working with in the development, design and delivery of the project. When we say people, we mean the people that take part in projects, their networks (such as family, friends, carers) and the wider community that your organisation works within. Read more…

7 opportunities to join a Big Lottery Fund Wales committee

September 12, 2017

Castlehaven Community Centre (20).jpgThe Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery. We are committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and have been rolling out grants to health, education, environmental and charitable causes across the UK since 2004.

We currently have seven opportunities for proactive, passionate people to join two of our committees:

People and Places committee

The People and Places grant programme distributes up to £15 million a year across Wales and aims to fund projects where working together, people and communities use their strengths to make positive improvements on the things that matter to them the most.

We’re seeking two individuals to join a like-minded group of people deciding how this money is allocated. We don’t expect you to have any past experience of being on a committee or making funding decisions. We will provide training and support and mentoring will be provided by our existing Committee members. However, you will need to be:

  • Passionate about seeing people’s lives improved
  • Committed and motivated
  • Happy to voice your opinion in a constructive way
  • Comfortable raising questions.

This is a voluntary role with expenses, such as travel, covered. The deadline to apply is midnight, Monday 9th October 2017.  Find out more here: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/ppcommitteerecruitment

Wales Committee

The Wales Committee set the strategic direction for funding programmes that make a distinct contribution to the Big Lottery Fund’s mission in Wales. In doing this, they will take account of UK-wide frameworks established by The Fund’s Board and the Policy Directions issued by the Welsh Government. Key roles and responsibilities for members of the Committee include:

  1. To lead in setting the strategic direction and policy framework for funding programmes that make a distinctive contribution to the Big Lottery Fund’s mission in Wales.
  2. To oversee the effective and efficient distribution of the Big Lottery Fund’s funding in Wales, including proposing an initial grant budget for each financial year within the parameters agreed by the UK Board.
  3. To complement the executive in Wales by providing support, advice and an independent view whilst ensuring the effective and efficient delivery of the Big Lottery Fund’s functions and monitor the exercise of delegated authority and the efficiency and effectiveness of the executive.
  4. To promote externally all aspects of the Big Lottery Fund’s work and to enhance and protect its reputation within Wales.

We’re looking to appoint up to five people that can demonstrate:

  • an understanding and commitment to The Big Lottery Fund’s mission, vision and principles
  • a strong track record of strategic decision making
  • a clear understanding of the issues faced by Welsh Communities and the political context in which we live
  • public speaking, presentation and media handling skills

 The successful applicants will receive an annual fixed payment of £5,232. Expenses, including travel and subsistence costs, will be paid in line with our policies. The deadline to apply is midnight, Sunday 24 September. Find out more here: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/walescommitteerecruitment

“It’s all down to these guys and the National Lottery. It’s really changed my life completely.”

September 12, 2017

Starting out from founders Bernie and Jane Latham’s kitchen, UCAN was established in 2005 running drama workshops in partnership with RNIB Cymru at the Sherman Theatre Cardiff. Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength; delivering workshops across Wales and into Europe, and launching the UCAN Go app which supports visually-impaired people to confidently navigate a growing number of theatres.

Today they’re based in Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Visual Sciences where members are delivering confidence-building theatre workshops to visually impaired young people on the Big Lottery Fund-funded Future Insight project, and thanks to Cardiff University, teaching 300 of the next generation of junior doctors about living with a visual-impairment each year.

Ben Richards is 25 from Barry, was born with his visual-impairment and can only see 3 metres for every 60 that fully-sighted people can. He joined UCAN after a chance encounter with Bernie and Jane. Read more…

Speak to a Big Lottery Fund advisor

September 6, 2017

Thinking of applying to the Big Lottery Fund for a grant?

Information and guidance is available for each of our funding programmes on our website. Links to each are below.

 

Want to talk to someone about your project idea or ask questions?

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Our Advice Team are happy to help, they’re available Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm by calling 0300 123 0735 or emailing wales@biglotterydfund.org.uk.

If you prefer to talk face to face, we will do our best to accommodate that. However due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to meet with every project. Below is a list of places you can find us over the next few weeks. Read more…