This Power of Youth month over £530,000 of National lottery funding to support young people in Wales. 

Six community groups celebrate receiving a share of £531,757 to support young people to prosper and thrive thanks to National Lottery players. As young people continue to face unprecedented challenges these projects are improving the lives of young people offering mentoring schemes, training or a safe space to play. 

With the help of a £336,200 grant, ACE Cardiff will expand the reach of its Learning Clubs supporting school children aged 7 to 11. Through blended learning the project will provide greater vocational opportunities to young people from some of the most deprived areas of Cardiff. The project will also encourage the participation of parents to give them a better understanding of the school curriculum and online safety. This project aims to not only increase career aspirations but also increase the young people’s self- esteem and confidence to reach those aspirations  

Geoff Hollett, the Chair of ACE Cardiff said “We work with young people in Cardiff’s Butetown and Grangetown areas, to help them to enjoy learning. This support from the National Lottery Community Fund will enable us to help even more young people”.  

Sound Progression Ltd in Cardiff will spend their grant of £100,000 over the next two years to deliver bespoke music programmes for young people aged 16-24.  They will explore creativity through music making with a particular focus on urban music. They will arrange courses and workshops in a variety of community venues across Cardiff, covering topics such as music production, rap writing, sound engineering, video creation and industry knowledge.   

  A 15 year old, male programme participant from St.Mellons, said:  

“Since working with Sound Progression I have been spending a lot more time in the studio. They have helped me progress forward with my music, given me good tips and really helped me find a professional sound to my music instead of recording in my bedroom. It’s given me new experiences and since I’ve been working with them, I feel like my life has really changed.”  

EggSeeds Ltd in Cardiff received £9,500 to work with local residents, community organisations and nearby schools to reclaim empty or disused lanes between houses as safe, green, play areas for children. They have worked with schools organising workshops to discover children’s ideas of play and recreation, and to begin designing play lanes. The project aims to empower local residents and children to improve their community, involving the different generations to take action. 

Tom Pughsley, Child Friendly Liaison Officer at Cardiff Council said: “This project is a great steppingstone for communities to feel a stronger sense of ownership. The funding has enabled us to take this one step further, bringing neighbours together to define new uses for the space, including making safer spaces for children to play in and learn about their immediate environment. The project will contribute to Cardiff’s ambition to become the UK’s first UNICEF recognised Child Friendly City.”  

With support of a £67,461 grant Llanyre Recreation Ground, based near Llandrindod Wells, Powys will renovate the village playground to become an accessible multi-activity area for both children, young people and those with disabilities. The play area provides a safe and secure off-road location for children to play, helping to reducing isolation and improving social interaction. 

CUSP Swansea received £8,621 to offer free skateboarding, scootering and BMXing sessions at their indoor facilities. The courses will run for 12 weeks and offer the chance to young people from low-income households to gain new skills and learn about safety in and out outside the skate park. The project aims to build confidence in the young people, broaden their horizons, and give a sense of community and achievement.  

African Community Centre in Swansea received a £9,975 grant to deliver a year long pilot mentoring programme for ethnic minority young people, with the aim of inspiring and encouraging more people from the community to access higher education and consider professional careers. Mentees will come from secondary schools, Swansea University, and WAPACO (Welsh Association of Practitioners of African and African Caribbean Origin). This programme will help young people to grow, develop, be challenged and look at different ways of becoming the best they can be. 

John Rose, Wales Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said:   

“Thanks to National Lottery players, this funding is supporting projects that will improve the lives of young people in Wales. As the largest funder of community activity in the UK, we are proud to support grassroots groups and charities like these six groups to do amazing things.” 

To find out more about, or to apply for The National Lottery Community Fund grants, in Wales, visit www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/wales.  

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