This year it’s not just those who win the National Lottery who’ll be celebrating, but also members of Merched y Wawr who are celebrating half a century since their establishment.
Of course, this is an important milestone and one National Lottery players should be proud of as well. So why is this? Well, because through the National Lottery, Merched y Wawr groups have received a total of around £400,000 in small grants from the National Lottery Community Fund – one of the organisations distributing National Lottery funding.
Indeed, ever since the National Lottery Community Fund started awarding grants we have made large investments in Welsh social projects. Since 1994 we have invested £60,955,911 in community projects where the applicant has indicated that the beneficiaries mostly speak Welsh.
Ruth Bates, Head of Communications at the National Lottery Community Fund, said: “On average, successful Merched y Wawr branches have received grants of under two thousand from us. Although these are small grants, it is evident that they have helped transform the experiences of members and rural communities.
“On behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund, I would like to wish Merched y Wawr members across Wales a very Happy Birthday.”
Over the past five years successful branches have received grants of £1,902 on average, with the smallest grant of £500 being awarded to Merched y Wawr Cangen Dinas Llanwnda a’r Cylch. Interestingly, part of this grant was used to enable members to go on a trip to Blaenau Ffestiniog to visit Seren Ffestiniog Cyf and learn about their work.
Merched y Wawr Cangen Colwyn used a grant of £540 to buy a camera and laptop to keep a record of the group’s work. And Merched y Wawr Rhanbarth Maldwyn Powys received £567 for a series of educational workshops, including flower arranging and healthy eating, and their work was displayed in the 2015 Montgomeryshire Eisteddfod.
And a cup of tea is important, of course! Merched y Wawr Cangen Deudraeth used part of their grant of £670 to buy a new supply of tea sets for the branch.
Merched y Wawr Cangen Pentrefoelas received £805 for guest speakers to discuss women’s mental and physical health. The trips encouraged them to consider how to improve their own health.
And looking to the future, over the next financial year the National Lottery Community Fund will be awarding up to £40 million to community groups, giving them a feeling similar to winning the jackpot.
More about the National Lottery Community Fund
- The National Lottery Community Fund distributes 40 per cent of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes
- Over the last ten years we have distributed around £400 million to more than 9,000 projects across Wales.
- 90% of our funding goes to the voluntary and community sector
To get more details of our grants