The National Lottery Community Fund has awarded a total of £47,575 of funding to local community groups in Carmarthenshire over the past month. The funded projects include improving the local environment and biodiversity, respite and days out for families of people battling addiction, and free boxing sessions for young people.
Llanerch Community Group were one of the recipients of the funding and will use their £8,000 grant to continue to provide a local food share service, and work with volunteers to create a community growing space for fruit and vegetables.
Sharon Burdess & Heather Peters from Llanerch Community Group said, “We are delighted to have been awarded the National Lottery Fund grant and will put it to good use in enhancing the community of Llanerch.
“Lleidi Foodshare has been set up to help families, young and old in our local community with the rising cost of living. The funds will help the community to come together have a chat, coffee and cake which will reduce loneliness and isolation within the older members within our community.
“The funds will also be used to set up a community food growing garden which will work alongside our Lliedi Foodshare. Groups of all ages will get involved in this project from the soil preparation to the final stages of picking, then this will be distributed for free through our Lleidi Foodshare.
“Community Biodiversity native plant growing sessions will help tackle decline of bees and bugs which will help improve their population. This will enhance the natural beauty of Llanerch where the community can relax and enjoy the Open Green Space.”
The John Burns Foundation received a £10,000 grant to support people interested in improving biodiversity in their local community. It will provide practical tuition in traditional crafts and improve the mental health of those participating in outdoor activity.
Zara, Group Leader at Mencap who’ve worked with The John Burns Foundation explained, “Our staff and team members with a learning disability from Mencap Me Time all benefitted from learning hedge laying, a new skill. We all increased confidence and felt sheer pride at seeing the result.
“People we support commented on being one step further to finding a job in the future.”
Stallion Community Hub CIC will use their £9,884 grant to provide 80 free boxing sessions to young people, encouraging participation. They will address the impact of poverty, and instil values, support health and wellbeing, and promote life skills.
Trallwm Area Community Hall were awarded £10,000 to provide sessions on topics including improving IT skills, mental health and healthy eating. They will help people get to know each other and ease loneliness.
C.A.S.M. Support of Carers of Alcohol and Substance Misuse in Llanelli were also successful and will use £9,690 to provide respite and days out, enabling families with loved ones with addiction to take much-needed breaks, in a safe environment.
John Rose, Wales Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, celebrated all the organisation’s saying:
“We are proud to be the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The Fund is dedicated to supporting projects like these that bring people together to support their communities, create stronger social connections and help develop new skills. National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week for good causes like these throughout the UK”
These projects are just some of 56 projects awarded across Wales in the past month totalling £1,821,550 of funding raised by National Lottery players. To read the full list please see the attached document.