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Local projects make a world of difference thanks to National Lottery cash

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People and Places
Release date:
6 10 2017

Healthy lifestyles, community transport for asylum seekers, and building music technology skills in young people are among the latest projects being awarded National Lottery money.

Newydd Housing Association in Cardiff are one of seven projects across Wales sharing in £1,982,233 as part of the latest round of the Big Lottery Fund’s People and Places programme. (See a full list of awards)

The awards are made possible thanks to money being set aside for good causes from National Lottery ticket sales.

They will use £769,369 to support individuals through a one-to-one service, workshops and intervention activities to improve their overall health and wellbeing. This will include food and nutrition, physical activity, emotional wellbeing and life skills, and specialist services will be delivered by partners including mental health first aid and counselling.

Paul Roberts, Chief Executive of Newydd said, “I am ecstatic that this project has been extended, many people have told us that hapi has made a huge difference to their lives, so the fact that we can now offer support to many more people over the next five years is brilliant. We will be recruiting for more staff in the coming months and look forward to hitting the ground running once more.”

Other funded projects include African Community Centre in Swansea who receive £249,945 to provide a community transport scheme for isolated asylum seekers. They will improve the lives of asylum seekers through enabling better access to learning opportunities, essential services and social opportunities.

Also in Swansea, Swansea Music Art Dance Community Interest Company will use £249,903 to work with marginalised groups to upskill them in technology-based skills using informal drop-in sessions.

Highlighting the importance of the People and Places programme, Rona Aldrich, Wales Committee Member for the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Programmes like People and Places are making a difference to the lives of so many people in communities across Wales.

“It delivers on our promise to use National Lottery funding to regenerate and revitalise communities, tackle disadvantage head on and leave a lasting legacy.”

The People and Places programme awards grants for a broad range of community projects. For further information about the programme and how you can apply for funding, please visit http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/fundingfinderwales

Further Information:

Alexander Davies - Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 029 2067 8236
Public Enquiries Line: 0300 123 0735                           Text Relay: 18001+0300 123 0735
Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available at: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
Follow Big Lottery Fund Wales on Twitter: www.twitter.com/biglotterywales
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  • The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 we have awarded over £6.5 billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 500,000 grants awarded.