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Big Lottery Fund Helping Working Families with Six Million Pound Fund

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Helping Working Families
Release date:
6 8 2018

The Big Lottery Fund Wales is today announcing the thirteen successful bids for a share of its six million pound fund designed to help families in poverty but with at least one adult working. With this fund, the Big Lottery Fund is piloting a new way of grant giving which enables organisations to spend time developing their project with the working families it is intended to support.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation briefing on Poverty in Wales 2018 noted that more people were in work, but that the risk of poverty has risen for working households. The report adds “Poverty is highest among families with children”.[1]

Its report “Prosperity without Poverty: a framework for action in Wales” includes the following statement:

“The level of Poverty in the UK is shameful. This should be a place where everyone can live a decent, secure life. Instead 13 million people – half of whom are in a working family – are living without enough to meet their needs” (Julia Unwin CBE, former Chief Executive Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

Whilst there have been a number of anti-poverty initiatives in recent years, the majority of these have not been designed specifically for those who are working. The Helping Working Families Fund is made possible by players of the National Lottery. This four year programme aims to fund people and organisations to work together to co-produce solutions. For the first time the Big Lottery Fund has asked applicants to show how they will plan the projects working closely with the families they will support.

Each of the successful applications has described how they will put the families at the heart of planning the projects. Most of the bids come from groups of organisations who will work together – these are the lead organisations for each application – further details on all the projects and the grants are available here

  • Valleys Kids
  • United Welsh Housing
  • CBSA – Centre for Building Social Action
  • Cardiff Community Housing Association Ltd
  • Felinfoel Family Centre
  • ACE- Action in Caerau and Ely
  • Severn Wye Energy Agency Ltd
  • Citizens UK
  • Bron Afon Community Housing
  • Creating Enterprise CIC
  • Swansea Carers’ Centre
  • South Riverside Community Development Centre
  • Home Start UK

Andrew Brown, Funding Manager at the Big Lottery Fund said

“This programme is based around a higher risk strategy but we want to show that we are serious about putting people in the lead and funding development work involving the people who will benefit from the project is a big step in that direction. We want organisations to make the leap and really listen to what the families want and need.”

Notes to Editors

Comments from a representative of the organisation are available for the majority of the successful bids, we can also provide photos for some.

[1] Poverty in Wales 2018, Helen Barnard, (page 4) Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Briefing March 2018

For the purposes of this programme we define poverty as when a household’s ‘resources are not enough to meet their basic needs, including the need for social participation’ even though someone in the household is in employment.