As part of our commitment to support communities across Wales through COVID-19 we wanted to highlight some of the organisations across the length and breadth of Wales that are making an incredible and important difference for people most affected by isolation.
This month we’ve awarded £4,599,919 of National Lottery money to 91 organisations that are supporting people and their communities through this difficult time. Some of the organisations include:
Single Parents Wellbeing, Cardiff
Single Parents Wellbeing provide a range of activities and mental health support for single parents in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. They’ve received £9,990 to provide online crafting sessions, help with home education, and social support networks for single parents and their children during COVID-19.
Amy Holland, Director of Single Parents Wellbeing, told us “The grant from The National Lottery Community Fund will make such a difference for our community. We have had a great initial response to our Creativity in COVID-19, with 82 single parents signing up within 48 hours which has meant that we are currently building capacity to double sessions because they were fully booked so quickly.
“Creativity during this pandemic is really important. It’s a way of creating something together, building on our community and even trying something new. Getting creative during Covid-19 will be a welcomed distraction from the outside world and provide a moment of mindfulness.
“This will give us a chance to unleash our collective creativity during lockdown and beyond.”
The Centre of Sign-Sight-Sound. Across Wales
The Centre of Sign-Sight-Sound have received £59,026 to provide support to people with sensory loss to enable them to access information about COVID-19, available services and other useful information such as finances in an accessible format, such as British Sign Language. The project will cover Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham but the accessible information formats will be available for use Wales wide.
Gwallgofiaid Cyf, Gwynedd
Gwallgofiaid Cyf in Gwynedd, who usually provide arts and media-based workshops for young people, receive £9,500 to create a collaboration project with young people in Blaenau Ffestiniog using video conferencing to provide opportunities for them to connect during the COVID-19 crisis.
Rhys Roberts, of Gwallgofiaidd Cyf, said: “We are so pleased to be awarded this grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. It’s important for young people, especially in rural areas, to stay connected during this difficult time, and this grant will help us do just that. Thank you.”
Builth Wells Community Support, Powys
Builth Wells Community Support who provide services which help people live healthy, independent lives within their community will use £10,000 to support elderly, vulnerable or self-isolating households, by delivering essential items and providing transport to medical appointments.
Pam Hibbert, Chair of Builth Wells Community Support, said: “We are so grateful for the National Lottery grant which will enable us to continue to provide vital support during the pandemic and afterwards.”
Halo Leisure Services, Bridgend
Halo Leisure Services use low-impact exercise to support people living with dementia and their families to help them stay healthy will use £8,085 to help them to continue to support people affected by dementia. They will offer telephone support, create exercise materials on DVD and online, and distribute printed ‘reminiscence packs’ to allow people to enjoy and keep mentally active while at home.
Valleys Kids, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Valleys Kids, who usually run activities for children, young people, and families in Rhondda Cynon Taf have received £48,000 to provide food parcels, health and wellbeing activities and activity packs to vulnerable families.
Pembrokeshire People First, Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire People First, who support people with learning disabilities and autism, and other vulnerable people will use £11,000 to continue support people who are struggling with isolation, poverty and health issues during the COVID-19 crisis, including running a range of virtual activities, and phone calls and mail-outs for families.
DASH Ceredigion, Ceredigion
DASH Ceredigion who usually organise a variety of leisure activities for disabled children and young people, will use a grant of £7,654 to continue to support those who are shielding through doorstep support with shopping and medication collection and drop off, as well as supporting families and carers online.
Polish Integration Support Centre CIC, Wrexham
Polish Integration Support Centre CIC, who support Polish people in and around Wrexham will use £10,000 to adapt the support services they offer to the Polish community and ensure that the increasing demand for support created by COVID-19 is met.
Medrwn Môn, Anglesey
Medrwn Môn, in partnership with the Isle of Anglesey County Council and Menter Môn have received £59,995 to help with co-ordinating 36 Area Support Teams, who are supporting a network of over 850 volunteers to help the most vulnerable through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our funding programmes remain open to new applications. For more information visit www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/wales