As part of our commitment to support communities across Wales we wanted to highlight some of the organisations across the length and breadth of Wales that are making an incredible difference for people and communities as they look through COVID-19 and into the future.
Throughout September we’ve awarded £1,070,870 of National Lottery money to 34 organisations that are supporting people and their communities. Some of the organisations include:
Mental Health Football in Wales
Thanks to National Lottery players, Mental Health Football in Wales in Swansea will use £9,950 to train 12 individuals as co-founders of the charity, who will in turn organise activities and events for people experiencing mental health difficulties in South Wales.
Paul Francis, a volunteer coach, told us: “I think that mental health football in wales is an amazing idea that will have a positive impact on 100’s of people’ lives across Wales! It’s something I’m really proud and honoured to be part of!”
Anthony Barnett, a volunteer coach, said: “Mental health football in Wales couldn’t have really come at a better time, it offers help and safety to people, including myself who could not be more proud to say I volunteer for such an amazing charity.”
Vision Support’s Community Information Service in Denbighshire visits places where people usually go such as supermarkets, libraries and GP surgeries to provide information about a wide range of services for people with sight loss. They will use £86,688 of National Lottery money to provide a mobile information service providing people with sight loss across North Wales with accessible information including a knowledge of adaptive aids and assistive technology.
Rookwood Sound Hospital Broadcasting
Rookwood Sound Hospital Broadcasting in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan receive £10,000 of National Lottery money to upgrade equipment, which will result in a better service helping address isolation experienced by patients during COVID-19.
After hearing about the grant, Lesley Fowler from Rockwood Sound Hospital Broadcasting told us: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this grant. This will enable us to facilitate more patients and staff to hear their very own dedicated radio station. Music is so important in the recovery process and Rookwood Sound Hospital Radio provides a wide range of programmes across the week”.
Llanybydder Family Centre
Llanybydder Family Centre will use £97,994 to further develop the Centre’s services. It will work to improve families’ health and wellbeing and the relationships within the family unit whilst supporting transition to school for children. It will increase social interaction and reduce isolation through increased, intergenerational activities bringing the whole community together.
Pos Valentines Puzzle C.I.C
Pos Valentines Puzzle C.I.C in Pembrokeshire will use £6,100 to carry out COVID-19 adaptions to their centre in order for individuals with complex needs such as autism and epilepsy to be able to socialise safely.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder Employment Support (ASDES)
ASDES in Swansea will use £1,835 to hold various activities for small groups of individuals with Autism, to help increase their confidence and well-being through COVID-19 crisis.
Gentle Radical in Riverside, Cardiff will be using £39,852 of National Lottery money to engage with their community to move forward post-COVID-19. They will gather stories, narratives and perspectives from residents and how they experienced life during the first lockdown and prompting questions about their preferred futures.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust will use £10,000 to hold a series of outdoor play activities to bring families together and help grow their confidence following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Lottery Community Fund’s grant programmes remain open through the COVID-19 crisis. Find out more by visiting tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/wales