Additional support for people dealing with dementia, loneliness and mental health will bring comfort to communities across Wales, thanks to National Lottery money.
We are proud to distribute £3.6 million to help people to support each other through this challenging time, keeping them safe and connected. We wanted to tell you about some of the organisations that are transforming people’s lives in Wales.
Cariad Pet Therapy CIC
Cariad Pet Therapy, based in Pembrokeshire, will use their £6,600 to provide people with dementia and the elderly population, who are socially isolated as a result of the COVID-19, with automated pet therapy visits.
Robert Thomas, Project Manager, said: “We had seen evidence that robotic pets have a positive impact on our elderly population and those living with dementia, especially those who used to own cats or dogs. We have received fantastic feedback from people with dementia, their families and care home staff. One comment was that the robotic pets were the best thing they have tried during COVID-19 and that they have helped to bring happiness to the care home.”
Briton Ferry Llansawel AFC
In Neath Port Talbot, Briton Ferry Llansawel AFC will raise awareness and understanding of the issues experienced by people living with dementia through a marketing and training programme.
Their aim with their £10,000 is to make the Old Road club the first fully ‘Dementia Friendly Football Club’ in the Welsh Pyramid System, and to create a planned partnership with MMI, a Briton Ferry based charity supporting people and families living with dementia.
Age Cymru West Glamorgan
Meanwhile in the Swansea area, Age Cymru West Glamorgan will continue to provide support for older people, lone parent families, and individuals with mental health problems and disabilities who are experiencing financial hardship, loneliness and isolation, and difficulty caring for themselves due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will use their £66,880 to provide a meals on wheels service to improve nutrition and reduce food insecurity, and a telephone advice and information service that will signpost other services in the community.
Angela Francis, Head Chef, said, “I love helping those who really need it during these difficult times. It is so rewarding!”
Llanrumney Hall Community Trust Limited
In Cardiff, Llanrumney Hall Community Trust Limited will convert disused shipping containers into spaces for the community to use for arts and recreation-based activities. The sessions will improve confidence, skills and social cohesion.
Christine Borley from the group said, “We are incredibly thankful to The National Lottery Community Fund Wales for their very generous funding of £180,815. This money is going to ensure that we can deliver the community arts, crafts and pottery activities, an upcycling facility, ‘People in Sheds’ and a music recording studio that we had always hoped for. These new activities will compliment the ones already established at The Hall ensuring that we are a ‘one stop’ community facility.”
The Llanrumney Hall Community Trust Team celebrating the great news in front of The Hall.
Red Kite Health Solutions CIC
Red Kite Health Solutions CIC, based in Brecon, will use its £56,800 to provide a COVID-19 support service directly assisting people adversely affected by the pandemic.
Sian Jones, Business & Development Manager at Red Kite Health Solutions CIC, said, “We are delighted to receive this grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, which will go a long way in supporting and improving the health and wellbeing of the population in South Powys. Our aim is to promote and increase the uptake of crucial health checks, as well as signposting to available health, wellbeing and community services. We are thrilled to be able to offer this service thanks to The National Lottery and the public.”
In north Wales, NEWCIS will provide the Keep Well, Keep Busy project to carers living in Flintshire, Wrexham and Denbighshire with its £62,700. Depending on the recipients’ needs, they will receive boxes containing items such as healthy, fresh food and books or craft items.
Holt Community Gardeners
Holt Community Gardeners in Wrexham will use its £2,555 to improve the disabled access for its polytunnel, allowing individuals with disabilities to take part in gardening activities to help improve their mental wellbeing.
Peter Bostock, a committee member, said: “We had great intentions for the year, only for some of our well-laid plans to be cancelled because of COVID-19. Nevertheless, we were able to continue with some work due to the nature of gardening being an outdoor activity. Our new polytunnel has been a great success and we look forward to an exciting 2021.”
North Wales Association for Multicultural Integration
North Wales Association for Multicultural Integration in Conwy will continue supporting excluded and vulnerable people who are negatively impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with their £9,920.
Annie, from Colwyn Bay, said: “I am a single mother with two visually impaired kids. I lost my job in the past and lived in an unacceptable house. One day I came to know about NWAMI and they have been kindly supplying diet-based food for me and my kids, and signposted various provider agencies. Now I live in a safe place with my kids and am getting benefit from Universal Credit. We are happy and feel settled! Thanks to NWAMI and its committed team, and a big thank you to The National Lottery Community Fund for funding this project.”
Our funding programmes remain open for new applications. For more information visit www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/wales.