The National Lottery Community Fund has announced £628,955 of funding to 38 projects across Wales including:
Family Help in Pembrokeshire received 9,975 from The National Lottery Community Fund to help autistic children and adults, their families, carers, and professionals.
“This is so exciting! We will be able to reach out to the parents and carers of children who are waiting for confirmation or who have an autism diagnosis. We will run a range of ‘supportive parent autism workshops’, letting families come together and feel they are not alone. The workshops will empower them with the skills and knowledge to understand and help their children. Our goal is for our young autistic people to grow into happy, independent adults, who feel safe and are part of the local community.”Melissa Hutchings, Project Leader at Family Help
Mixtup will spend £99,732 providing support, services and activities for and led by people aged 11 to 25 with mixed abilities in Swansea. Over two years they will organise youth clubs, wellbeing and life skills support and other activities to help young people increase their confidence and self-esteem, participate in community activities, and reduce social isolation.
On Course Foundation
On Course Foundation successfully applied for £6,090 to improve the health and wellbeing of wounded or injured service personnel, and veterans through golfing sessions in Monmouthshire.
“Over the last 11 years, we have seen that participation in golf can have a profound positive effect on the mental well-being and recovery of our deserving beneficiaries. It is one of a few sports that can be played regardless of injury or illness. Transition from a military career to civilian life can be difficult for many people. Couple that with having to cope with an injury or medical condition cutting a career short and the difficulty multiplies significantly. Many service leavers struggle with confidence as a result and inflict pressures on themselves. Our programme aims to help them cope with these difficulties, sharing the experience with like-minded individuals and focusing on what they can do, now what they can’t.”Mark Schorah, Head of Events and Employment at On Course Foundation
Friends of Parc Melyn Mynach
Friends of Parc Melyn Mynach in Swansea will use £8,350 to run a series of community activities such as litter picking and planting events, to help improve the park for local residents.
“Our aim is to improve, restore and preserve our wonderful Park which is a site of historical and environmental significance. This donation will help us achieve our goals.”Marcus Thomas, Chair of the Friends of Park Melyn Mynach
Cylch Meithrin Trefynwy
Cylch Meithrin Trefynwy in Monmouth successfully applied for £10,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, they are ensuring a stable future for the rapidly growing Cylch Meithrin Trefynwy.
“Staff have worked remarkably hard to establish Cylch Meithrin Trefynwy. Demand is growing for our pre-school setting and the grant will make a huge difference.”Robin Davies, Treasurer and Trustee at Cylch Meithrin Trefynwy
Professional Academic Study Support Limited
Known as Up-grade based in Wrexham will use £10,000 to support Glyndwr University Students whose mental-health, wellbeing and academic attainment has suffered from the impacts of COVID-19.
“This award is the cornerstone for launching our Social Enterprise’s local community project. I am truly humbled and appreciative that The National Lottery Community Fund has seen the potential. We’ve now been given that extra boost in confidence to make the ‘Up-Grade You’ project an astounding success.”Benjamin Morgan-Jones, Founder and Director at Up-Grade
Cwtch Together in Cardiff will run inclusive play sessions for disabled children and their families with a grant of £9,995.
“I have been helping out at Cwtch Together for the past two years. It is lovely to see the children achieving their potential, learning new skills, and playing with their friends. Cwtch is an inclusive play project who tailor activities to the individual child’s needs.”Chelsea Harrington, Volunteer for Cwtch Together
Newchapel Playing Field Committee
Newchapel Playing Field Committee in Pembrokeshire were delighted with the news that their application for £1,500 to improve the playground in their small, rural community was successful.
“The help and support we have received from The National Lottery Community Fund over the last 5 years has been incredible. They have helped us transform our playing field and brought the community together, we can’t thank them enough and all the National lottery players that made this possible.” L
Lynda Williams, Treasurer of the Newchapel Playing Field Committee
Deaf Cymru Pride
Cardiff Deaf Centre will use £8,500 to run Deaf and LGBT+ inclusive virtual events and discussions as part of Cardiff Pride, to highlight the experiences of their community and build stronger relationships between different groups of people.
“I am so happy that we have funding from National Lottery. This will definitely help us to create many amazing things, educate people about Deaf LGBTQIA community, provide important information and promote everything in BSL, and show everyone what we the deaf community are capable of!”William Everett, Deaf Cymru Pride
Melin Community Trust
Melin Community Trust in Neath Port Talbot will be spending £10,000 to continue to offer counselling for people with mental health issues, brought about by COVID-19, unemployment, financial difficulties and domestic abuse.
“The continuation of the telephone therapy sessions will be immeasurable to the community of the Melin in Neath. COVID-19 has had a detrimental impact on the mental health of our community and this funding will ensure that we can continue to help and support our community to recover and to move forward in the future.”Mark Fitzgerald. Melin Community Trust
MS Society Cymru
MS Society Cymru are using £10,000 to help younger people with MS to connect with each other in more dynamic and flexible ways, and to gain information, support, and build peer-to-peer relationships. The challenges of COVID-19 have greatly exacerbated the existing difficulties of living with a chronic and life-changing condition, like MS. However, the virtual revolution as a result of the pandemic has opened up the opportunity to connect with younger people with MS, to help empower them to better self-manage their condition and broaden their support networks.
“Younger people living with MS are faced with a great many uncertainties as to how the condition will affect them and their families for the rest of their lives. The funding to enable this project is so important and comes at a critical moment as we emerge from the pandemic. It will enable younger people with MS to connect, share our experiences, trials and successes, build networks and confidence, and engage with support in a way that is meaningful and relevant to us as we begin to rebuild our lives.”Rhys Jenkins, MS Society Cymru
It is inspiring to see the energy and enthusiasm in communities across Wales which created these projects. We are always impressed by the way that communities work together to help themselves in so many ways. Our money is for everyone, and with National Lottery players raising £36 million each week for good throughout the UK, we always look forward to seeing what communities in Wales will choose to do next.