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Building a future: Youth enterprise among Welsh projects sharing £3 million Big Lottery Fund cash

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People and Places
Release date:
21 12 2012

Many have seen what budding young entrepreneurs have to offer on programmes such as the BBC’s Young Apprentice. But with the latest figures continuing to show that youth unemployment in Wales remains stubbornly high and above the UK average, a north Wales project now aims to harness the promise of youth by constructing a new enterprise centre to help young people develop their own social enterprises and provide them with employment experience and opportunities.

The project ran by Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd Limited in Denbighshire is among the 12 projects throughout Wales sharing in the £2,916,970 awarded through the Big Lottery Fund’s (BIG) People and Places programme today. 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 £421,000 they have been awarded, Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd will build a new Youth Enterprise Centre in Denbigh as part of one million pound project. The innovative new centre, which is the culmination of ten years development work, will include new offices; drop in facilities, training areas and spaces for support and services for young people by other key providers and agencies. The project will also boast a space to develop social enterprises and employment experience opportunities.

The centre will also provide spaces for disadvantaged young people to gain access to services and support whilst engaging in activities that are empowering and that will enable them to progress and increase their skills in order to secure a better future for themselves. Activities will focus around breaking down barriers, increasing confidence and basic skills and working towards further learning, enterprise and employment opportunities. The project will employ a Centre Manager to develop relationships with other partners and to develop employment experiences, apprenticeships and social enterprises managed and run by groups of young people.
With the recent announcement that austerity in Britain will continue until at least 2018, Alwyn Llwyd the Chief Executive of Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd,  believes that funding for projects such this one are vital to develop growth in industry and enhance the skills, confidence and employability of young people.

He said: “The Youth Enterprise Centre will provide spaces for young people to gain access to services and support and engage in empowering activities that will enable them to progress and increase their skills.  Activities will focus around breaking down barriers, increasing confidence and developing basic skills in order to access further learning, enterprise and employment opportunities.
“This is an exciting project for the key partners and stakeholders and has wide community support. We wish to express a huge thank you to the Big Lottery Fund for sharing our vision and awarding Tai Clwyd this grant.”

Other projects funded today aim to provide advice and support to help the most vulnerable members of society. With their grant of £223,004Recovery Cymru will run the ‘Making Recovery Real’ project to support people recovering from problems with drugs or alcohol in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. This will be achieved by establishing a peer-led mutual aid recovery support community where members can broaden their social networks, gain advice and guidance and increase their self esteem.

Explaining the importance of the project, Sarah Vaile from Recovery Cymru, said: This grant will have an immediate and direct impact on our members, volunteers and partners, as well as provide a lasting legacy for the future of our growing ‘grass-roots’ community. We are excited about the future of peer-based, mutual-aid recovery support for people overcoming drug, alcohol and related problems in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.”

And in a project encompassing the whole of Wales, the Llyfrau Llafar Cymru Cyf organisation will spend their £142,410 on enhancing and developing its service of providing talking books and newspapers to people with visual impairments across Wales. This will be achieved by recording, maintaining and distributing a library of Welsh and Anglo-Welsh audio books more extensively throughout Wales to reach a greater cross section of users.

And there is a fantastic Christmas gift in store for the community of Knighton in Powys in the form of a grant of over £116,000 (£116,971) for the Knighton Phoenix project to build a brand new outdoor multi-functional park for scooters, bikes and skateboards adjacent to an existing children's play area.

Delighted with their Christmas cracker of a grant, Lynsey Price from the Knighton Phoenix Project, said: "This project will deliver long-awaited improved facilities and recreation opportunities for young people in our area. The skate and BMX park will be built to the aspirations of local young people and offer a free, designated space to participate in outdoor sport and leisure. 

“We are very excited for the opportunities this project will open and are delighted that the Big Lottery Fund has acknowledged the needs of our young people who deserve better provision in their local Community.”

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

A full list of awards announced today

Further Information

Big Lottery Fund Press Office – Ben Payne: 02920 678 224
Out of hours contact: 07500 951 707
Public Enquiries Line: 08454 102030                          
Textphone:  0845 6021 659
Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

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.