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Small awards will help save lives in Wales

Area:
Wales
Programme:
Awards for All Wales
Release date:
24 1 2013

AUDIO AVAILABLE: Mark Rutherford of South Powys Community First Responders
explains why the funding is important. Click here to listen to Mark. To arrange an
interview with Mark, please call Oswyn Hughes on 02920 678 207 or
Email oswyn.hughes@biglotteryfund.org.uk 

More lives will be saved in Welsh communities with the news that vital Community First Responder units are among the range of groups throughout Wales to share in nearly £330,000 awarded from the Big Lottery Fund’s (BIG) Awards for All programme today.  

A total of 88 community-based projects across Wales share in the £329,787 awarded under the latest round of the Awards for All small grants programme (full list of awards at the end of the release. Please contact Oswyn Hughes to obtain full project descriptions).

Thanks to their award of £5,000 the South Powys Community First Responders will increase the size of the area they cover. Whether it’s people who are suffering a cardiac arrest, having breathing difficulties or who have suffered injuries at home, Community First Responder volunteers are trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives. Formed just over eighteen months ago, the South Powys Community First Responders have gone from strength to strength. The group currently cover the Brecon and Sennybridge areas and will now expand to cover Crickhowell and Hay-on-Wye by training twelve additional emergency responders later this year.
 
The grant from BIG will fund new defibrillators, medical response bags and protective clothing and the additional equipment will also enable them to set up a HeartStart scheme and deliver valuable training in life support to the general public.

The Operations Warrant Officer at Sennybridge Army camp near Brecon, Mark Rutherford, set up the First Responder team covering the Brecon area. He knows only too well how important First Responder Units are. One afternoon Mark and some colleagues were playing football at the Army camp when one of the players collapsed and went into cardiac arrest (see case study)

 

Mark was able to provide defibrillation and CPR prior to the arrival of an ambulance. The patient, Camp Commandant, Major Eddie Mahony, was flown to hospital by the Wales Air Ambulance and went on to make a full recovery.

Highlighting the importance of the Awards for All funding, Mark said: “It would have taken years as opposed to months to raise this cash, so we’re very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for their award. We’ll now be able to deploy more people out on emergency response calls. We finished training five new volunteers last weekend and there are now ten of us working in the area. We have another five or more who want to be trained up.”

“Services like this are vital in a rural location like Powys and we can hopefully be there in the five minute window. More lives will be saved, especially if they’re suffering from cardiac arrest. 70% don’t survive just because of that time lapse. If you can get to someone within five minutes you stand an 80% chance of getting them back. If you had a volunteer First Responder on every street that would be great and more lives would be saved.”

In Ystalyfera, Neath Port Talbot, Pontardawe Community First Responder Group have also been awarded £3,717 for new defibrillators and response bags. The group will recruit additional volunteers which will decrease response times in the area and work towards providing 24 hour cover throughout the year.

The Welsh Ambulance Service is currently recruiting Community First Responders. If you feel you can make a difference for your community please log on to www.ambulance.wales.nhs.uk to download a form.

In other grants awarded, Ysgol Owen Jones C.P. in Northop, Flintshire, will bring a disused piece of land back into use by creating a forest school and nature area which will include a woodland garden, vegetable planters, nesting boxes, a willow arch tunnel and signs to indicate plants, trees and wildlife. And one of seven projects to share in nearly £25,000 awarded in Gwynedd, Gisda Cyfyngedig will open a new information centre in Caernarfon from which they will deliver support services to vulnerable young people aged 16-25.

There is also support for the vulnerable and those with learning difficulties and disabilities in West Wales and the Vale of Glamorgan. In Carmarthenshire, CYCA Wales Ltd in Llanelli will establish a service to support vulnerable, socially isolated and excluded young people aged 14 to 16 who are experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties thanks to the £4,982 they were awarded. And in the Vale of Glamorgan, the Valeplus (Cymru) & Valeplus Extra organisation will spend the £4,927 they were awarded on opening a cafe in Barry High Street which will be used to provide training opportunities for people with a learning disability.

Gareth Williams, Awards for All Programme 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, application forms are available to download from www.awardsforall.org.uk or by phone on 0845 4 10 20 30.

Full list of awards

Organisation

Location

Award

Organisation

Location

Award

Canolfan Esceifiog Gaerwen

Anglesey, Isle of

£3,148

WASPS

Merthyr Tydfil

£4,980

Ysgol Gymraeg Morswyn

Anglesey, Isle of

£5,000

Inspirations

Merthyr Tydfil

£600

Cwmni Sefydledig Prichard Jones Cyf

Anglesey, Isle of

£960

Tintern Recreation Centre and Village Hall

Monmouthshire

£5,000

St. Mary's R.C. School

Anglesey, Isle of

£5,000

Pontardawe Community First Responder Group

Neath Port Talbot

£3,717

Peacehaven Court Residents Association

Blaenau Gwent

£582

Parish of Ystalyfera

Neath Port Talbot

£4,630

Stitch in Time

Blaenau Gwent

£698

The Friendship Club

Neath Port Talbot

£5,000

Wyndham Boys And Girls Club

Bridgend

£4,500

Ynysfach Women's Institute

Neath Port Talbot

£4,351

Sussed Wales

Bridgend

£4,100

Making Environments New and Desirable

Neath Port Talbot

£4,430

Every Link Counts

Bridgend

£4,412

Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council

Neath Port Talbot

£3,521

Ysgwyddgwyn Calvinistic Methodist Church

Caerphilly

£3,778

Brynglas Bryn Bevan Neighbourhood Group

Newport

£3,370

The Chill Club

Caerphilly

£4,739

Lliswerry Out of School Club Ltd

Newport

£4,332

Phillipstown Residents & Community Association

Caerphilly

£1,340

Tiers Cross United Reformed Church

Pembrokeshire

£4,650

Tir-y-Berth Old Age Pensioners Association

Caerphilly

£3,798

Mid Wales Woodturners

Powys

£4,865

Pontllanfraith Childrens Contact Centre

Caerphilly

£4,494

2364 Welshpool A.T.C Squadron

Powys

£4,999

Cwmfelinfach Allotments & Leisure Garden

Caerphilly

£4,221

Montgomeryshire Forest School

Powys

£1,500

Tir-y-Berth Primary School

Caerphilly

£5,000

Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations

Powys

£5,000

The Parent Network - Caerphilly County Borough

Caerphilly

£5,000

Powys Community First Responders

Powys

£5,000

Radyr Comprehensive School

Cardiff

£3,700

Caersws Village Hall

Powys

£3,209

Techniquest

Cardiff

£4,000

Arts Connection - Cyswllt Celf

Powys

£4,500

St John Lloyd Catholic Comprehensive School

Carmarthenshire

£4,960

Peniel Pentecostal Church

Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

£4,055

Amman Valley Holistic Cancer Care

Carmarthenshire

£4,997

Swn Yr Afon Tenants Social Fund

Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

£3,600

West Wales Development Trust

Carmarthenshire

£4,975

Cymdeithas Papur Bro Y Gloran

Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

£4,490

Pumsaint Coronation Hall Management Committee

Carmarthenshire

£1,551

Cwmparc Community Association

Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

£4,500

CYCA Wales Ltd

Carmarthenshire

£4,982

St Catherine's Church Pontypridd

Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

£2,566

Pontyberem Branch of Older People Organisation

Carmarthenshire

£1,790

Stroke Friends

Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

£4,900

Plant Tybie

Carmarthenshire

£4,980

Linden Court Social Club

Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

£4,470

Lisburne Hall

Ceredigion

£5,000

Pontyclun Community Centre

Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

£4,716

St Padarn's Playgroup

Ceredigion

£4,469

Llantrisant and District Local History Society

Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

£3,404

Graigfechan Growers Group

Denbighshire

£5,000

The Baywood Hall Concert Party

Swansea

£2,200

Pen Y Ffordd Old Age Pensioners Association

Flintshire

£1,390

RSPB West Glamorgan Local Group

Swansea

£1,230

Ysgol Owen Jones C.P.

Flintshire

£4,731

Swansea Sew & So's

Swansea

£1,287

Deva Cheerleading Academy

Flintshire

£1,776

Tea Club

Swansea

£1,655

The Estyn After School Experience

Flintshire

£4,993

T.O.P.I.C House

Swansea

£600

Flint District Girl Guiding

Flintshire

£760

Palmerston Out of School Club

The Vale of Glamorgan

£4,780

Ysgol Croes Atti After School Club

Flintshire

£4,310

Valeplus (Cymru) & Valeplus Extra

The Vale of Glamorgan

£4,927

Plas Derw Trust Ltd

Flintshire

£4,540

Pleasant Court Senior Association

Torfaen

£4,194

Edern Community Association

Gwynedd

£3,275

Thornhill Genealogy Group

Torfaen

£3,722

Y Neuadd Goffa Penygroes

Gwynedd

£1,450

Needles & Pins

Torfaen

£1,052

Age Cymru Gwynedd a Mon

Gwynedd

£5,000

Pontnewynydd Allotment Association

Torfaen

£4,999

Cyfeillion Hen Ysgol Llangwnnadl

Gwynedd

£1,519

Access to Counselling Wales

Wales

£4,988

Ysgol Y Berwyn

Gwynedd

£5,000

Glamorgan Federation of Womens Institutes

Wales

£4,710

Gisda Cyfyngedig

Gwynedd

£5,000

Women's Equality Network Wales

Wales

£5,000

Cyngor Cymuned Llanllechid

Gwynedd

£3,500

Enterprise & Education Alliance Limited

Wrexham

£4,940

Aberfan Wives Group

Merthyr Tydfil

£1,900

Park Schools Llay Out of School Club

Wrexham

£4,830

Further Information:
Oswyn Hughes - Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 02920 678 207
Out of Hours Contact: 07760 171 431
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
Ask BIG a question here: https://ask.biglotteryfund.org.uk
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Notes to Editors
• In Wales, the Big Lottery Fund is rolling out close to £100,000 a day in National 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 £29 billion has now been raised and more than 383,000 grants given out across the arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.




Tags

Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation

Beneficiaries

  • Voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Young people
  • People with disabilities

Themes

  • Health and well-being
  • Environment

Category

  • Public involvement
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