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Mullany Fund supports young people to develop new skills thanks to National Lottery players

December 6, 2018

The Mullany Fund received £486,630 of National Lottery money earlier this year to expand their e-mentoring 1+1 project to new areas. The project works through schools and voluntary organisations who are working with harder to reach young people, to widen participation within life-science professions and raise aspirations and educational attainment among young people from under-represented communities with low social mobility. They are one of 12 projects that received £3.26 million for employment projects over the last year. We spoke to Jarrod Thomas who has been through the programme.

Hello, I am Jarrod Thomas, 20 years old, a former mentee of the Mullany Fund and an incoming mentor in the next cohort of mentees, and will be the sole mentor based in Aberystwyth. I am currently an undergraduate student studying Biochemistry at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), an internationally-recognised teaching research centre at Aberystwyth University.

I joined the Mullany Fund when I was in Comprehensive School, back in 2015, three years ago, the reason was to received tailored advice on careers in life science, and to talk to someone in the field, whether they were studying or a clinician. I was matched with a junior doctor and then later a medical student, very similar – but incredibly distinct roles which highlighted the significant differences between clinical education and clinical practice.

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Theatre workshops for people affected by homelessness thanks to National Lottery players

December 5, 2018

Theatre Versus Oppression received £187,478 of National Lottery money to run their Behind the Label project to provide a series of applied theatre workshops to people affected by homelessness in Cardiff. They are one of over 160 projects that received over £15 million for health and wellbeing projects over the last year. We spoke to Suzanne Phillips about their project and how they are hosting a show starring service users at Wales Millennium Centre.

“Behind the Label is an Applied Theatre project run by TVO in partnership with The Wallich and Wales Millennium Centre. Started in 2016 it uses drama and performance to give marginalised people a voice, tell their story and offer a new perspective on a social issue and the reasons behind it. Our aim is always to create compelling performances that challenge the audience to look at different perspectives.

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National Lottery players make Christmas special for disabled children

December 4, 2018

This week in the run up to Christmas we’re celebrating some of the amazing projects that we’ve funded this year that are making an amazing difference to communities.

Earlier this year we surprised Bridgend and District Resource for Children with Disabilities (Y Bont) with the news that they were successful in applying for a National Lottery grant of £530,000. Read more about it here.

Over five years will support disabled children and their families in Bridgend to reduce the challenges they face, in particular isolation and a lack of social opportunities, encouraging them to develop peer support amongst each other, build relationships and enjoy an active lifestyle through activities that include the whole family.

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Top tips from Milford Youth Matters

November 27, 2018

“Hi I’m Dayle Gibby, I’m the Project Coordinator for Milford Youth Matters which is a charity based in Milford Haven. Currently we have a Routes to Opportunity project which is a partnership between ourselves and Pembrokeshire County Council, and what we provide here is an eight-week vocational learning project for young people that are not currently in education, training or employment.

But it’s not just that, we offer so much more, and that has come from young people. Our project has evolved from what young people have said what they want, what support they need, and how we can support them into achieving their goals.

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“I’m only here today because my friends stopped me from doing something stupid.”

November 19, 2018

“Hi, I’m Alex, I’m a third year Politics student at Cardiff University. I got involved in the project over the summer as mental health became a really big part of my life in my second year at university, and I wanted to make sure that other people didn’t feel the way that I did, in that I felt very afraid and trapped and afraid to tell people how I felt. I thought that they might pass heavy judgement on me because of the ideas surrounding being a bloke, the idea that you’re meant to be big, strong, tough, boys don’t cry, that sort of thing.

“But for me, keeping my problems and struggles to myself was one of the worst things I ever did. I struggled so much in my second year with issues dealing with identity surrounding my coming out as bisexual, dealing with stress issues that caused anxiety, and the more I kept them to myself the more I lost control, and one day it resulted in me spiralling and trying to take my own life.

“I’m only here today because my friends helped me down and stopped me from doing something stupid, and once I started people how I felt, and how I was feeling, I felt that the entire weight of the world had come off my shoulders rather than being on me.

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Golf sessions give a confidence boost to stroke survivors

November 16, 2018

Stroke survivors have been celebrating the success of cross-Wales New2Golf Back2Golf sessions in helping to boost their confidence and wellbeing. The Stroke Association in Wales’ Stroke Community Steps is a four-year project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund Wales. The programme enables people affected by stroke to access community facilities and activities, including accessible golfing sessions, organised in conjunction with Wales Golf and supported by additional funding from the Sports Foundation for the Disabled and the Stroke Research and Innovation fund.

Former golfers and those new to the sport have been gathering weekly at clubs around Wales, going from taster lessons to getting out onto the course. Their success was celebrated at Clays Golf, Wrexham on 1 November and The Vale Resort, Cardiff on 13 November. One person who attended the celebration at the Vale Resort was Paddy Pratt from Pembroke Dock, whose confidence has really been boosted by getting out onto the golf course. Following a stroke four years ago, Paddy, 84, felt she wouldn’t be taking part in anything active ever again. Read more…

5 Top tips on getting funding for your project

November 6, 2018

1. Find the right funding programme for you

When developing your project, speak to the people you are working with and listen to what they tell you. Ask them about what matters to them and find out what strengths they can bring to the table that would help others. You could also chat to their families, the wider community, local community groups and similar organisations you might work with. Projects tend to be more successful when communities are involved in them from the very start and remain involved during the life of the project.

Once you have an idea for a project Visit our website to find out what funding programmes we have available. Remember that we may not be the best funder to support your project idea so having a look at other funders will help you find the best funding option for you.  You might want to speak to other National Lottery funders or chat to helper organisations like WCVA or your local County Voluntary Council to find out what other options are available. Read more…

Lliwen is happier and more independent than ever a year into employment, thanks to Engage to Change

October 30, 2018

Lliwen Roberts

“I like being with animals,” says Lliwen Roberts from Cerrigydrudion, a village east of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. “I did a Small Animal Care course at Northop College.” Now her favourite part of her job at Derwydd Eggs, a farm near Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, is being with the chickens, although she emphasises that she likes everything about the job she has now had for just over a year.

Lliwen has a learning disability and works three mornings a week. At this time of year, she starts by picking out eggs from the belt that have been laid during the night. She follows this up by checking on the chickens in the shed, making sure they have enough water and food, and assessing the wellbeing of any chickens that may be ill. Once that’s done, there could be as many as 50 eggs to collect. She checks the machine to make sure there are no cracks or dirt on the eggs. She repeats the process and eventually finishes by cleaning up, leaving at around midday. Read more…

Congratulations, your application was successful!

October 12, 2018

One Friday we set out to surprise three projects across Wales. When the funding committee meets here at the National Lottery Community Fund it takes a day or two to process the outcome. We decided to use that time wisely and we made excuses to meet up with three projects waiting for the outcomes of their applications for large grants. We filmed their fabulous reactions:

We told two of them we were coming along to interview them for a short film, the other one we just snuck up on.

Milford Youth Matters in Pembrokeshire applied for £436,621 to enhance and expand the existing services for young people aged 16-25 who are not employed or in education. The new elements will provide job placements and mentoring. Once he’d recovered from the shock Dayle Gibby, Project Co-ordinator, told us:

“This is going to mean so much to the young people we work with, they can’t wait to get started on all the plans we made.”

The Outdoor Partnership applied for £500,000 to develop an existing project which delivers inclusive adventure activities, volunteering and pathways to employment in North West Wales. The project uses outdoor activities to engage with women and girls, people with pan-disabilities and unemployed people living in disadvantaged areas. The new project will expand the project to the whole of Wales.

Tracey Evans, Chief Executive Officer of the Outdoor Partnership said:
“This is fantastic news! The National Lottery funding will allow us to expand our inclusive adventure, volunteering and pathways to employment programmes to other communities in Wales. Over the next five years, the project will empower people and communities to improve access to outdoor activities in a sustainable way, improving health, social and economic wellbeing of communities across Wales. On behalf of the charity and all our beneficiaries, a big thank you to all National Lottery players.”

Twyn Action Group Youth Club’ applied for £229,916, they have worked with their community to decide what is most important to them. Residents are going to form a community panel to research and design a programme of new services and activities. The programme will build on the organisation’s current work with young people and families in Merthyr Tydfil and will extend the opening of the Centre. Callum Palmer, project manager was equally pleased.

“That is fantastic, we needed someone to back us, it will mean a lot to the community who have really got involved with the project.”

How to gain maximum value from your project

October 11, 2018

As a distributor of public money the National Lottery Community Fund has a duty to ensure value for money when funding projects, particularly through ‘People and Places‘, our large grants programme. Every year we receive more than £100m worth of applications for the £20m of funding available, so here’s everything you need to know to get the maximum value from your project. Read more…