104 communities across Wales are celebrating over £4 million of National lottery funding. 

This month 104 different community groups have successfully been granted £4,056,838 of national lottery funding. These grants will go towards helping these communities prosper and thrive. Here are just some of the amazing projects that are making a difference to people’s lives.  

Wales Puja Committee 

Wales Puja Committee received £10,000 to create events for the Bengali community in South Wales. Cultural Celebration like Diwali are a great way to bring people together, especially vulnerable members of the community who have missed their festivals over the last 18 months. These events are open to all and are a fantastic opportunity for those from outside the Bengali community to learn and engage in a meaningful way.  

Neeleem Saha, Vice Chair of the Wales Puja Committee, said “We at the Wales Puja Committee would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to The National Lottery Community Fund and the National Lottery players of the country for the kind grant to celebrate the festivals of Bengal in Cardiff over 2022 and 2023. The festivals will bring together members of different sections of our community, celebrate diversity in Wales and achieve great cultural exchanges. All of this is our humble contribution towards creating a harmonious, inclusive and culturally rich Wales. We at the Wales Puja Committee cannot wait to welcome one and all to our events following what has been a very challenging two years. We look forward to welcoming you to partake and become part of our festivals.”  

Bridges Centre 

Father and daughter cycling through the woodlands

Over two years, Bridges Centre will use £99,997 to provide activities for children and young people with additional needs and their families. This will include activities during holidays, after school and on weekends. These activities will build on the social, active, and creative interests of the children and young people and will include surfing, hiking, bushcraft, canoeing and cookery.   

Siobhan Pring, Parent, said “Quest Busters programme has made such a difference to our lives. By being able to do things together as a family, feeling supported and being able to join other families who understand the difficulties we face day to day really has helped us. QB is brilliant, always fun and the coordinators are just so patient and friendly. We feel lucky to be part of the group and we’ve loved every activity we’ve been able to be a part of – seriously EVERYTHING!!” 

Liberty Church Swansea  

Liberty Church Swansea received £8,315 to equip their community with digital skills through an array of programmes for young people and seniors. Its leadership program will give Junior leaders the opportunity and equipment to train with their in-house media team. While the Seniors coffee mornings will address any anxiety they have around modern technology and help them to use it with confidence. 

Pastor Dave McLeay, project facilitator, said “Thanks to this tech funding, we are going to be able to make a huge difference for many coming out of COVID-19. We want to bring hope and a sense of community moving forward, while equipping all ages to face the future with a sense of fun and confidence.

The Game Change Project CIC 

Young boys and a volunteer looking after some ponies

The Game Change Project CIC were awarded £8,500 to engage with young people who struggle in mainstream education to work towards accredited qualifications. Courses in photography, woodwork, money management, business and enterprise will be provided. Being outdoors, meeting new people, working with animals and trying new things contributes to improvements in mental health and wellbeing. These courses will leave the young people feeling skilled, confident and motivated. 

Sian Roberts, Director, said “The new cabin will enable us to launch the Game Change Academy so that we can provide a wider range of opportunities for young people to gain valuable experience, life skills and qualifications”   

Carol Thomas, Director, explained “The project provides a positive experience for all involved in an environment where everyone is treated the same and achievements are acknowledged”  

Stroke Association 

Stroke association members playing golf

Over three years, Stroke Association will use £100,000 to deliver community-based support for stroke survivors and carers. They will use a network of partners, volunteers, and stroke survivors throughout Wales. Virtual and face-to-face group activities will bring together the community to provide information, opportunities, and peer-support to recover confidence and to re-engage in community life.  

Llinos Wyn Parry, Engagement Lead, Wales at the Stroke Association said: “We are extremely grateful to receive funding from The National Lottery Community Fund for our Next Steps project in Wales. The Next Steps project will include setting up group-based activities, designed to bring together people affected by stroke to share experiences, learn new skills and rediscover old ones. The funding for the Next Steps project is incredibly important at this time as we are seeing increased demand on our services and issues such as social isolation, loneliness, increased anxiety and a loss of confidence is more evident than ever. The funding will enable us to support more stroke survivors as they are rebuilding their lives after stroke.’’  

Pembrokeshire FRAME  

Pembrokeshire FRAME will use £10,000 to open a zero-waste shop to reduce plastic pollution and reduce waste going into landfill. Appointing a Zero Waste Co-ordinator to develop and deliver The Refillery of Pembroke Dock located in the FRAME reuse shop. Other projects within the shop include Pembroke Dock Community Fridge and Plastic free lifestyle workshops. 

Paul Hughes, Chief Officer at Pembrokeshire FRAME said: “We are delighted to receive National Lottery funding for our zero waste projects. Following the impacts of Covid-19, this funding could not have come at a better time. Funding will assist us in supporting the vulnerable individuals we work with and the local community, whilst significantly helping us to meet our waste reducing targets”.  

National Lottery players raise more than £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. To find out more about applying for a grant to help your community, visit tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

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