Over £1.8million from National Lottery Community Fund across Wales

56 groups and organisations across Wales are celebrating their share of £1.8million awarded by The National Lottery Community Fund this month to continue their valuable work in their local communities.

Rassau Resource Community Centre CIC in Blaenau Gwent is one of the many organisations who have been awarded funding by The National Lottery Community Fund this month. With their grant of £8,495, they have chosen to develop activities specifically for babies and toddlers and their parents, within their community. These activities will support the babies and toddlers’ development, providing them with a social environment to help them thrive.

Jane Weale, Head of the Rassau Resource Community Centre, said:

“The Rassau Resource Community Centre is grateful for this grant, which will allow us to provide our Active Babies and Toddler groups at the Centre. These groups provide an opportunity for both the children and the parents to socialise, and they encourage active play. This funding will give us the opportunity to grow and expand our group. Thank you, The National Lottery Community Fund!”

Meanwhile The John Burns Foundation based in Carmarthenshire have also been awarded £10,000 to develop training for local people in traditional skills including hedge-laying, and hedgerow management. The foundation hopes the project will not only provide practical tuition in traditional crafts but also have a host of benefits related to working outdoors. The mental health charity ‘Mind’ advocates spending time in green space or bringing nature into people’s everyday life to benefit both mental and physical wellbeing.

Zara from Mencap Me Time spoke about the experience of participating in The John Burns Foundation’s ‘Harmonious Hedging’ Project saying:

“We were extremely pleased to be offered the hedge laying course at the Burns foundation. Both the staff and our team members with a learning disability from Mencap Me Time benefitted hugely from learning a new skill. We all our increased confidence and felt sheer pride at seeing the result. People we support commented on being one step nearer to a job in the future, which made us all smile.”

In Powys, the Black Mountains College will be using their funding to deliver activities profiling its circular economy. The project will shorten supply chains to fill skills gaps and create new jobs.  There will be a focus on biodiversity, climate action, nutrition and waste reduction, teaching and outreach. Over five years, £549,419 will fund staff, monitoring and evaluation, an electric vehicle, travel and accommodation, marketing, professional fees, translation and overheads. 

One of the students from the College said:

“All of the tutors are enthusiastic and passionate about their specialisms. I have found them to be encouraging and go out of their way to listen to students and cater for their learning experience. The small class sizes are particularly effective for delivering this kind of education.” 

John Rose, Director Wales at The National Lottery Community Fund congratulated the projects saying:

“It’s great to see how much can be achieved with a grant of £10,000. More than eight in ten of our grants are for under £10,000 – going to grassroots groups and charities across the UK bringing to life amazing ideas that matter to their communities. Our grants are made possible thanks to National Lottery players who raise over £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. Both Rassau Resource Community Centre and the John Burns Foundation are delivering projects that enhance people’s lives by offering positive experiences to help them thrive.”

56 grants worth a total of over £1.8 million have been awarded to communities across Wales to help local people and families.


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