Today the National Lottery Community Fund is spreading good news to 121 communities across Wales receiving a share of £4.1m in its latest round of grant announcements. Groups celebrating include:
Green Squirrel CIC
Green Squirrel CIC in Cardiff will use £460,808 to provide a unique outdoor and indoor space for the community in Splott to design, run, grow and take part in activities that will bring the community together.
A building created from recycled shipping containers will provide spaces for social events and activities. Eight shipping containers will be made into business pods providing workshop and office space for social enterprises, and a community allotment will be used for horticultural training and skills development.
Receiving the grant, Hannah Garcia, Green Squirrel Director, said: “Communities deserve a place to develop skills and their own local responses to challenges such as COVID-19, access to affordable healthy food, and the climate emergency. Thanks to the support of The National Lottery Community Fund, Railway Gardens can grow into a shared space where local people can get to know each other, share resources, and become more resilient, together.”
Kidz R Us
Kidz R Us will create a multi-purpose and multi-functional outdoor community space in Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent. The outdoor facilities will offer opportunities, activities and training aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing for the whole community.
Diane Dann, Creative Director at Kidz R Us, said: “This grant of £89,600 will give the members of our community an outdoor space to meet, play and perform. With this awful pandemic and the great losses we have suffered over the last year, outdoor spaces have become vital to the mental health of all our community. This grant will provide a safe, loved, local facility that has given us something to look forward to. Thank you so much for giving us back our vision.”
Llangors Community Shop Ltd
Llangors Community Shop Ltd will use their grant £99,200 of National Lottery money to establish a rural village shop in the village of Llangors in the Brecon Beacons, for residents, reducing the need to travel, reducing isolation and improving the wellbeing of the older population and single parents.
Mark Kerr, Chairman of the Management Committee of Llangors Community Shop, said: “The shop committee in Llangors has been working for more than two years to bring about a community-run convenience store and small café to meet the needs of the people living around Llangors Lake. There has not been a shop of this character in the area for many years. We are now nearing completion and this has only been made possible by this generous grant. We expect to start trading by the end of the summer. As a committee, we would like to express our warmest thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund for supporting this exciting venture.”
Aberporth Village Hall and Recreation Ground
In Ceredigion, Aberporth Village Hall and Recreation Ground has received £450,000 towards the refurbishment and rebuilding of the village hall in Aberporth, including better disability access and energy efficiency to better support the local environment. It will mean that the community will have a new, modernised hall accessible to all local people.
Richard Jennings, Chairman of Aberporth Village Hall, said: “This has been a fantastic boost for the village. There have been many attempts over the years to try and get a new hall, so to finally see our dreams realised is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of the committee. We are really grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for supporting us.”
Golden-Oldies successfully applied for £26,000 to continue delivering their online choir sessions online. Using different platforms, they will provide weekly shows offering people the chance to join in with songs, provide important public health information and the opportunity for themed events. The primary aim is to retain links the community have built with one another to reduce social isolation.
Grenville Jones, founder of Goldies Cymru said: “We are so grateful to The National Lottery Community Fund for their support of our online GoldiesLive sessions. We introduced them last year when lockdown meant that all our live, daytime sessions had to close. From the feedback received we know that they are bringing joy and laughter through songs and smiles to many hundreds of people across Wales each Tuesday and Thursday with Rachel and Cheryl. Everyone can join just go to www.goldieslive.com at any time.”
Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW)
Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham has been awarded £485,861 over five years to develop a new model of integrated play and community development work, building on existing high-quality play and youth provision, and extend their reach into the wider community. Activities will include play schemes, street play, and more.
Welcoming the grant, Claire Pugh of AVOW, said: “The Playwork funded by the National Lottery Community Fund will enable the community to support their own wellbeing and healthy development by playing.
“Play is one of the most important aspects of children’s lives and is central to their experience and enjoyment of living, we know their opportunities for playing will directly affect how they feel about themselves and other aspects of their lives. We have no doubt that our community will thrive and this funding will make such a difference to so many lives. On behalf of the children, young people, families and wider community we’d like to say a HUGE ‘thank you’!”
Ruth Bates, Interim Director Wales at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, communities across Wales have made an incredible impact, supporting each other over this difficult period. As we cautiously look to the future, we know people will continue to make a positive difference to each other’s lives, thanks to the wonderful support provided by the groups funded this month.”
National Lottery players raise £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. To find out more about applying for a grant to help your community adapt, recover and thrive, visit www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/wales.