BIG boost for Olympic celebrations
28 Jun 2012 02:34 PM
Groups organising events to celebrate the Olympics and others supporting people with learning difficulties are among those benefiting from the latest round of National Lottery funding.
A total of 89 community-based projects across Wales are today sharing in £328,117 awarded under the latest round of the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All small grants programme (full list of awards at the end of the release).
Chapter Limited in Cardiff receives £4,450 to hold a community festival to celebrate London 2012 while Barry Amateur Radio Society in the Vale of Glamorgan will use its £4,795 to buy new radio equipment so local people can commemorate the games.
And continuing the Olympic theme, Woods Row and Cambrian Court Tenants and Residents Association in Carmarthenshire gets £4,400 to fund a trip to London after the games to tour the stadium.
Hannah Firth, Head of Visual and Live Arts at Chapter, said: “The funding through the Big Lottery’s Awards for All has enabled Chapter to celebrate cultural and creative activity with local communities on a scale that would not otherwise have been possible.”
Lylac Ridge in Risca, Caerphilly, will use some its £4,717 to become a City and Guilds registered training centre. It provides an animal therapy service for more than 300 children aged 6-11 with speech, language and communication issues. Conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia benefit from the service which sees young people handling and interacting with animals including miniature donkeys, reindeer, pigs, goats and chinchillas. The project is working on a research with the University of Wales Newport’s Dyscovery Centre which aims to provide evidence on the benefits of this type of therapy.
Lylac Ridge’s Animal Education Manager Stacey Blunt said: “The registration will allow us to offer NVQ accreditation to our learners that access the centre who may not normally have the opportunity to gain qualifications.”
Action First Plus in Cardiff receives £5,000 to establish a mentoring programme for young people with learning difficulties and, staying in the city, Innovate Trust Ltd will use £4,971 to develop a new social enterprise cafe to give disabled people training and work experience opportunities.
Innovate Trust Director Ron Woods said: “We are absolutely delighted with the news. The café will provide a fantastic opportunity to train people with learning disabilities and people with mental health issues, offering valuable work experience and the chance to learn new skills in catering and retail.”
Ystradgynlais Community Contact Group in Powys gets £4,700 for a support group for family members of survivors of sexual violence.
In Gwynedd, Radio Ysbyty Gwynedd (Arfon Hospitals Broadcasting) will spend £4,193 to provide a 24 hour broadcasting service while Ysgol Melyd in Denbighshire receives £3,791 to install an outdoor gym in the school grounds.
Gareth Williams, Awards for All Funding Manager for BIG in Wales, said: “Awards for All is having a positive impact throughout Wales. Money is helping to establish groups, societies and clubs, promoting learning, increasing volunteering opportunities and helping to build stronger communities.”
Available in English and Welsh, the application form for the programme can be downloaded, completed and emailed direct to the Big Lottery Fund as well as being available in hard copy. Application forms are available from www.awardsforall.org.uk or by phone on 0845 4 10 20
A full list of awards announced recently
Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 02920 678 224
Out of Hours Contact: 07500 951 707
Public Enquiries Line: 08454 102030
Textphone: 0845 6021 659
Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available at: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
Notes to Editors
- In Wales, the Big Lottery Fund is rolling out £100,000 a day in Lottery good cause money, which together with other Lottery distributors means that across Wales most people are within a few miles of a Lottery-funded project.
- The Big Lottery Fund, the largest of the National Lottery good cause distributors, has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since its inception in June 2004. It was established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
- Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to Good Causes. As a result, over £28 billion has now been raised and more than 383,000 grants given out across the arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.