Grants in August: Supporting people with autism, new community centres and support for LGBT+ community

Abermule Community Centre Association

The Trustees are photographed on the site where the new Community Room will be built.

Abermule Community Centre Association, based near Newtown, Powys will use £99,600 to expand its community centre by erecting a multi-purpose community room to extend social activities and engagement within the community. Chairperson Karen Akehurst (second from right) said” This funding will enable us to build our new Multi-Use Community Room. The new extension will be built at the rear of the Centre, facing the sports field and all weather sports area. With large windows and a decking area, it will provide spectator facilities for events, a drop in cafe during the week and a base for training sessions and social meetings of all kinds and for all ages. Many thanks to all Lottery Players!”

Autism Life Centres in Rhondda

£9,900 of National Lottery money will go towards developing Time to Grow project – an allotment-based project to support young people with complex needs and Autism into opportunities for skills development, and is delivered with the support of the local community.

Amanda Evans, Executive Director at Autism Life Centres, said: “We’ve been so excited to get started on our Time to Grow allotment project. We are giving the young adults we work with the experience of doing something positive for themselves, their community, and their local environment. It’s been very positive for their wellbeing to be able to go outside, and to be able to grow, harvest, and cook the food that’s being grown at the allotment.

“The National Lottery grant that we’ve been awarded will help expand our work by enabling us to recruit a horticultural project co-ordinator. We’re delighted to receive it and to be able to continue making a positive difference for our service users and their families. We’re looking forward to being able to continue developing our work on the allotment.  

“Over the next 12 months we’d like to see more growth on our allotment work and our outdoors work as a whole.”  

Autism Life Centres CIC received a grant of £9,900 from The National Lottery Community Fund for a Project Co-ordinator to steer their Time to Grow allotment project. They will provide further support to develop their allotment projects which provides work experience for individuals with Autism and complex needs. 

Barry Beavers Swimming Club

The Barry Beavers Swimming Club for the Disabled in the Vale of Glamorgan will use £9,145 to re-start their swimming sessions following COVID-19 and launch a new NHS referral scheme.

This award will empower the club to develop  the club in many ways, particularly in Training Swimming Therapy Instructors enabling the club to ‘Bounce Back from Covid’ 

The objective of the award is to bring swimming therapy to more disabled people of all ages in Cardiff and the Vale. The club fully understands the hard work ahead, and are fully committed to deliver the benefits to our members and to reach out to more disabled people.

Club photo, taken at our closing swimming session at the end of July for the summer break.

Blaenllechau Youth Project

Blaenllechau Youth Project

Blaenllechau Youth Project in Rhondda Cynon Taf will use £9,800 to continue their family engagement project, providing family fun sessions and a Tiny Tots baby group for the local community.

Julie Crotty. Youth Project Coordinator said

“Thank you toThe National Lottery Community Fund Wales for £9800.00 funding so that we can help our community. The grant will support our work with children/young people and their families. If the last 18 months throughout the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we need community projects and buildings to meet, play, rest, learn, have fun and most importantly engage with others.  Our project will provide the perfect platform for this, by facilitating support through activities and projects. This in turn will reduce social isolation and help people feel part of their communities. A huge thank you to everyone who plays the National Lottery for raising this money for good causes like ours.”

Caerwent Community Centre

Caerwent Community Centre Committee Ltd will use £20,000 to contribute to the cost of improving the hall’s floor. The Hall for All project will improve community cohesion, improve both physical and mental health of local people post COVID-19, as well as reduce the hall’s carbon footprint.

A Hall for all Mark Lewis Committee member of Caerwent Community Centre Ltd said:

“Our biggest asset is the large indoor hall we have. Used extensively over many years for recreational and social purposes including the housing of the local youth club. The floor desperately needs replacing. Now thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund grant and the support of local volunteers we are going to be able to replace and upgrade the floor surface making it available to more user groups. We look forward to reopening in an upgraded facility ready to support our community post Covid.”

Hungarian Cultural Community in Newport

Hungarian Cultural Community in Newport will use £10,000 to re-start their face-to-face activities including regular parent and toddler group, children’s groups, adults’ groups, one off events, and trips.

Maria Deli -Foris chair  said “We would like to thank the National Lottery Community Fund for the support which means that the Hungarian Cultural Community in Newport can retain our language and cultural heritage by providing the financial stability to create a properly stimulating environment for our members. We will restart our child programmes in person, and launch new activities and events to present the Hungarian language and culture to Welsh families as well. Thanks to your support, our programs can reach more families, and we can acquire the essential tools to further diversify our activities.”

LGBT+ Cymru Helpline

LGBT Cymru Helpline in Swansea will use £10,000 to run mindfulness and therapy sessions for their community, to support and help improve their wellbeing following the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Debbie Lane, Chief Executive Officer  said:

“We are so grateful to the National Lottery for their support along with the communities who buy the tickets to make what we do even possible! We have helped thousands of people since COVID-19 hit with our self-help mental health video resources on our web site to counselling people who cannot afford access to private mental health care who are in desperate need, quite literally saving lives. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! The National Lottery money has made such a huge difference to peoples lives”

The Centre of Sign-Sight-Sound

Using £298,235 over three years, The Centre of Sign-Sight-Sound in Conwy will work with the sensory loss community throughout North Wales to develop awareness training. This will be accessed by staff of businesses, retailers and tourist sectors, and will develop accessible media clips that will be hosted at historical sites. The aim of the project is to connect the sensory loss community with the wider community in which they live.  Phil Lof, Chair of Sensory Loss welcomed the grant, saying

“We are extremely pleased and honoured that the Lottery have recognised the need for this project and the difference it will make to not only the local Sensory Loss Community in North Wales but making North Wales more accessible for all those who visit this beautiful part of the country which is so rich in history and culture which should be accessible for all to experience and enjoy. This project will open up historic sites and landmarks in Wales to the Sensory Loss Community in a way that was not possible before. Equally importantly it will make more people aware of the Sensory Loss Community and the adjustments they can make to ensure they are fairly treated.”

These are just some of the 74 projects across Wales which received over £3 million this month.

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