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Dementia group bang the drum thanks to National Lottery cash

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Awards for All Wales
Release date:
11 1 2017

A music project for Dementia groups in rural Wales is among those benefiting this month from National Lottery Good Causes money.

Beat it Percussion Community Interest Company in Hay-on-Wye, Powys are one of 62 projects receiving a share of £247,734 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All small grants programme. (For details of all awards, please click here.)
They receive £4,990 to deliver a Drumming Together for Dementia pilot project providing community drumming sessions at Brecon’s Theatr Brycheiniog. The dementia-friendly sessions will be for older adults who are looking for something creative and social to get involved in.

One family member, whose mother lives with Dementia, said of the workshops in England: “People get a sense of achievement through being able to play instruments. It’s very enjoyable at the same time improving co-ordination, the whole session leads to a feel-good feeling which percolates into the rest of the day. Mum doesn’t do a lot now, her concentration’s not really there, not for reading or watching TV but this is one of the few activities that she can do, it’s not difficult for her.”

Welcoming the grant, Lynn Kay, Beat It’s CEO said: “We have been running our Drumming Together workshop with great success in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We learned that older people often face loneliness and isolation, particularly in rural areas. Drumming Together gives people the chance to come together to play drums, chat and enjoy mental and physical exercises which are really good for retaining skills and flexibility. This grant from Awards for All Wales is significant because it takes Drumming Together into Wales for the first time and we are very excited about starting work in Powys. In time we hope to spread across the whole of Wales.’

In South Wales, Newport BME Youth Forum receive £2,694 to hold workshops with young black and minority ethnic people to discuss issues such as hate crimes, and to enable them to express themselves through sports and music. In the Vale of Glamorgan, Vale People First will use £5,000 to pilot a female self-advocacy group for at least 12 women with a learning disability new skills.

In West Wales, Siop Gymunedol Capel Dewi Community Shop, in Ceredigion, will use £5,000 to install solar panels on their shop roof in order to ensure continuation of their service within the rural community. Fenton Community Primary School in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire will use £4,950 to run active sessions to improve the community’s health and wellbeing whilst fostering intergenerational links and building participant’s confidence.

Elsewhere, in North Wales, two Multiple Sclerosis Societies, in Denbigh and in Wrexham, each receive £5,000 to support their members. In Gwynedd, Cylch Meithrin Trawsfynydd receive £5,000 to provide improved equipment for their members, and The Racecourse Community Foundation in Wrexham will use £4,995 to run a football engagement project with homeless and unemployed individuals, providing life skills training and offering physical activity.

Gareth Williams, Awards for All Programme Manager for the Big Lottery Fund 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 0345 4 10 20 30.

Further Information:

Alex Davies - Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 029 2067 8236
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
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Notes to Editors:

• The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
• Since June 2004 we have awarded over £6.5billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.
• Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 500,000 grants awarded.