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Funding of £438,000 announced for Rhyl debt advice centre

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has announced funding of £438,194 to transform the ASK Centre in Rhyl so it can provide high-quality debt advice to even more local people.

The Community Facilities Programme provides capital grant funding of up to £500,000 to help tackle poverty through creating and improving local facilities.

The grant will fund the extension of the ASK Centre at the United Church in Rhyl, which will provide offices for the Citizens Advice Bureau, a community IT suite, and a new kitchen. The move is expected to enable CAB to boost the number of debt advice sessions it provides from 3,500 to 5,000 a year.  

The building work will create a crisis 24 hour food-bank, which will bridge the gap between families in need requesting food from the existing local food bank and this being delivered. It will also enable local groups who use the facility – such as Brownies, Scouts, an over 50s lunch club and various exercise classes – to share the space at the same time.

The funding is part of a £940,000 boost for four community projects across Wales announced by the Minister today. Lesley Griffiths said:  

“I am pleased to announce over £438,000 for the ASK Centre, which will ensure the United Church in Rhyl continues to be a focal point of the community. The new facilities will enable them to further develop the services they offer local people, from debt advice and IT skills, to an emergency food bank and social activities.

“The Community Facilities Programme has a big impact on communities across Wales and the day-to-day lives of local people. I have been impressed by the well-developed proposals which have come forward from dedicated and passionate community groups across Wales.”

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