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Young runaways to benefit from nearly £4 million in BIG cash awarded in Wales

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People and Places
Release date:
15 2 2013

A project addressing why children and young people repeatedly go missing and a project to provide mental health self-management courses and support for male prison inmates are among the range of groups to share in nearly £4 million awarded by the Big Lottery Fund in Wales today.

A total of 19 projects throughout Wales share in the £3,994,774 awarded through the Big Lottery Fund’s (BIG) People and Places programme today. In addition to providing vital support to the most vulnerable members of our society, many of the projects funded under the latest round aim to improve the confidence, skills and employability of people in communities throughout Wales (full list at the end of the release).

With the £543,202 they were awarded, child protection agencies in Gwent will create a missing children’s hub which will work across the Gwent region. The scheme will bring together workers from the public services to intervene early to find out why youngsters are going missing. The project aims to put in place a multi agency response when children run away, to reduce missing episodes, risk, and to improve outcomes for children and young people.

The Welsh Government’s Minister for Local Government and Communities, Carl Sargeant, said: “It’s great news that this project has received Big Lottery Fund backing. Public services have a crucial role to play in supporting the most vulnerable people in our society. By working together in new ways this project will make a real difference to many young people in Gwent and will also serve as an example of good practice for public service providers across Wales.”
Deputy Chief Constable of Gwent Police and Chair of the Project Board,  Jeff Farrar, said: “I am totally convinced that the approach we are taking in joining together across public services to break the cycle for missing children will be truly ground breaking. This will set the standard for the way we respond to all vulnerable people. A lot of hard work has gone into making this a reality and I would particular like to thank the young people who have experience the trauma of being missing and have helped us in redesigning the service.”

And with recent figures highlighting that suicide rates in Wales have risen 30% in two years to the highest level since 2004, an innovative project run by The Mental Health Foundation will spend £220,546 on providing mental health self-management courses and peer support groups for male inmates within Parc Prison, Bridgend. Support groups will be established in the prison and in external locations for when inmates leave prison. The project will evaluate the service to examine its effectiveness with the aim of replicatiing in other prison settings.

In North Wales, Denbighshire Home-Start helps families with young children in the area deal with whatever life throws at them and they support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. A grant of £219,899 will now enable them to extend their services to include evenings and weekends. This will help to prevent families with children age five to eleven from reaching crisis point. The project will also promote positive parenting and improve take up of local community services.

And in a project aimed at helping the environment whilst improving the skills and education of young people aged 14 – 18 who have been excluded from school, Wastesavers Charitable Trust Limited will use their award of £160,934 to run the PEAK project. Wastesavers is a community not for profit recycling group who run a range of services in South East Wales. Through the PEAK project, they work with local schools to provide a working and learning environment for young people looking for practical hands on experience outside the formal classroom setting.

Over three years, the new funding will enable the project to enlarge its working area to cover all of Newport and Torfaen and offer its services to additional schools and organisations. In addition to the existing activities they provide like bike maintenance, carpentry, home cookery, IT and drug and alcohol awareness sessions - the project will now provide activities in horticulture, life skills, food hygiene, healthy eating, plumbing and decorating, arts and crafts, sexual health awareness, photography, music and digital media.

Highlighting the importance of the People and Places programme, Gareth Newton, Committee Member for the Big Lottery Fund in Wales, said: “Programmes like People and Places are making a difference to the lives of so many people in communities across Wales. It delivers on our promise to use National Lottery funding to regenerate and revitalise communities, tackle disadvantage head on and leave a lasting legacy.”

The People and Places programme awards grants of between £5,001 and £1 million for a broad range of community projects. For further information about the programme and how you can apply for funding, please visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/wales

Full list of awards

Blaenau Gwent– 1 Grants worth £248,941

Home-Start Blaenau Gwent


Blaenau Gwent

The project will support families through a range of new services. A family respite service will assist families at risk of breakdown, giving parents a break and working with the children to address identified support needs. Teenage and young parents will be able to access tailored support, and six family support programmes will enable parents and children to participate in new opportunities to develop confidence and skills, improve health and wellbeing and become active citizens in their community.


Bridgend – 1 Grant worth £220,546

The Mental Health Foundation


Parc Prison, Bridgend

The project will provide mental health self-management courses and peer support groups for male inmates within Parc Prison, Bridgend.   Peer support groups will be established in the prison and in external locations for when people leave prison. The project will complete an evaluation of the service to examine effectiveness with the aim of replication in other prison settings.


Cardiff – 3 Grants worth £501,017

Age Concern Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Limited

Cardiff 100%



This project over three years will provide older people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan with access to financial information. The organisation will work with older people to help them access information and advice, manage their finances and maximise their income.


Sherman Cymru


Cardiff City Council

The project over three years will provide creative activities for disadvantaged people with or without disabilities. The project will improve confidence, literacy and communication while assisting with community cohesion and integration. The project will be based in the Sherman Cymru theatre.


National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (England and Wales)

Cardiff 75% Swansea 25%

This two year project will engage with adults from different cultural groups to improve their understanding of each others and Welsh cultures and improve their English language skills. The project will work in partnership with Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival telling traditional stories from around the world.


Denbighshire – 1 Grant worth £219,899

Denbighshire Home-Start



Denbighshire Home-Start will extend services to evenings and weekends.  The project will provide volunteer led support to families with children age five to eleven. This will help to prevent them reaching crisis point, promote positive parenting and improve take up of local community services.


Newport – 2 Grants worth £87,269

Wastesavers Charitable Trust Limited



Wastesavers will expand its education programme in Newport which offers practical education to 14-18 year olds who are excluded from school.  Over three years the project will enlarge its service area to cover all of Newport and Torfaen, expand its activities, and offer its services to new schools and organisations. 


Gaer Community Network


Gaer Ward, Newport

The project is to employ a centre manager and part-time volunteer co-ordinator to develop and manage new and existing activities at this community centre in the Gaer ward, Newport.


Swansea– 2 Grants worth £113,930

Cyrenians Cymru Cyf


Over two years, this project will provide support for Asylum seekers and refugees in the Swansea area. Support provided includes food supplies, facilities for group meals and lessons in English. Volunteering opportunities will also be available for the refugees and Asylum seekers within the wider community to support integration.


The Swansea Centre For Deaf People



The Swansea Centre For Deaf People will expand its activities in Swansea in order to offer increased services to both the deaf community and also the wider community


Torfaen – 1 Grant worth £273,786

Woodlands Field Limited


Torfaen County Council

The three year project will provide a permanent building in Torfaen that will provide youth activities, informal and formal training opportunities for those that underachieve in a traditional education system or who are disadvantaged by personal circumstance.


Multi-location / Wales-wide – 7 Grants worth £2,067,209


Cardiff (25%), Vale of Glamorgan (20%), Neath Port Talbot (10%), Bridgend (20%) and Swansea (25%)

The project, based in Cardiff will deliver awareness raising workshops, support young people in becoming ambassadors, and will develop a peer mentoring network promoting the project across Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend and Swansea areas, benefitting 3,660 people.



Clubs for Young People Wales


South Wales wide

The project is to employ a Business Development Manager to advise and support member youth clubs to become more sustainable. 40 clubs have been identified across Wales that are currently struggling to secure long term sustainability.



Canolfan Plant Jig-So Children's Centre

Ceredigion 50%, Carmarthenshire 30%, Pembrokeshire 20%.


This project over three years will provide increased outreach services, family support and the development of poverty awareness and support across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.


Small Woods Association

Aberystwyth 20%, Treherbert 20%, Port Talbot 20%, Anglesey 20%, Wrexham 20%.

Small Woods Association will deliver a project to 1660 people in Aberystwyth, Treherbert, Anglesey, Neath Port Talbot and Wrexham with chronic health conditions, aiming to improve their physical fitness and mental wellbeing. This will be achieved through a programme of activities hosted by partner organisations in woodland environments.


The Cardiff Institute for the Blind Incorporated

Wales Wide



The Cardiff Institute for the Blind will run a project, over three years throughout Wales that will benefit close to 8000 blind and visually impaired individuals.  The Wales-wide project will provide information, advocacy, advice and training to greatly improve the lives of blind and visually impaired people in Wales.



Cardiff Wales Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Mardi Gras

Based in Cardiff, serving Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Caerphilly, Neath Port Talbot, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Bridgend and Blaenau Gwent

The project will fund the development of the Cardiff Mardi Gras. The project will allow the organisation to appoint its first member of staff to drive forward the festival to ensure hard to reach groups of the LGBT community are engaged and supported. It will also aim to engage the wider community. In doing this, it hopes to increase understanding, improve cohesion and reduce hate crime.


Gwent Police


Based in Pontypool, working throughout Gwent.


Gwent Police will create a multi-agency missing childrens' hub for information sharing and risk assessment. It will also commission an independent service to work with every runaway child on their return, and to provide peer mentoring, advocacy and family mediation for all those affected.


Wrexham – 1 Grant worth £13,750

Marchwiel Village Hall



Marchwiel, Wrexham

The capital development grant will pay for professional fees, a protected species survey and planning to develop plans to refurbish the village hall leading to an additional 16 regular activities taking place. The intended work will include replacement roofing, the rebuilding of a previously poorly constructed extension, a new heating system and electrical installation, modern toilets and kitchen and a general uplift of the entire building including meeting Disability Discrimination Act standards.


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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 £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.