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One Friday we set out to surprise three projects across Wales. When the funding committee meets here at the National Lottery Community Fund it takes a day or two to process the outcome. We decided to use that time wisely and we made excuses to meet up with three projects waiting for the outcomes of their applications for large grants. We filmed their fabulous reactions:

We told two of them we were coming along to interview them for a short film, the other one we just snuck up on.

Milford Youth Matters in Pembrokeshire applied for £436,621 to enhance and expand the existing services for young people aged 16-25 who are not employed or in education. The new elements will provide job placements and mentoring. Once he’d recovered from the shock Dayle Gibby, Project Co-ordinator, told us:

“This is going to mean so much to the young people we work with, they can’t wait to get started on all the plans we made.”

The Outdoor Partnership applied for £500,000 to develop an existing project which delivers inclusive adventure activities, volunteering and pathways to employment in North West Wales. The project uses outdoor activities to engage with women and girls, people with pan-disabilities and unemployed people living in disadvantaged areas. The new project will expand the project to the whole of Wales.

Tracey Evans, Chief Executive Officer of the Outdoor Partnership said:
“This is fantastic news! The National Lottery funding will allow us to expand our inclusive adventure, volunteering and pathways to employment programmes to other communities in Wales. Over the next five years, the project will empower people and communities to improve access to outdoor activities in a sustainable way, improving health, social and economic wellbeing of communities across Wales. On behalf of the charity and all our beneficiaries, a big thank you to all National Lottery players.”

Twyn Action Group Youth Club’ applied for £229,916, they have worked with their community to decide what is most important to them. Residents are going to form a community panel to research and design a programme of new services and activities. The programme will build on the organisation’s current work with young people and families in Merthyr Tydfil and will extend the opening of the Centre. Callum Palmer, project manager was equally pleased.

“That is fantastic, we needed someone to back us, it will mean a lot to the community who have really got involved with the project.”

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