Pictured: Huw with Mr John Rose – Director of Big Lottery Fund Wales
Members of the Swansea based ‘Down to Earth’ project and Big Lottery Fund met up with Ogmore Assembly Member and Welsh Government Minister Huw Irranca-Davies to highlight where Lottery funding is helping community groups, not only here in Ogmore but across Wales.
Down to Earth is one of six organisations and charities, brought to the Senedd by the Big Lottery Fund who shared their stories and pride with AMs about how they have taken control of their lives and wellbeing. Down to Earth is using its £423,329.00 Big Lottery Fund grant to work around Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire. They are building an electric vehicle transport pool for refugees and asylum seekers.
The Big Lottery Fund has announced £34 million funding raised through the National Lottery, which will be available as grants to communities across Wales up to the end of March 2019. Recently the Big Lottery Fund re-organised into three regional teams to cover North Wales; Mid and West Wales and South East and Central Wales. This will enable the Big Lottery Fund to be more accessible and better connected to the people and communities of Wales, which in turn will help maximise the impact of National Lottery funding.
The Ogmore AM said: “It was great meeting with members of the ‘Down to Earth’ project and Big Lottery Fund to hear about the group and how funding has helped this project and others throughout Wales succeed and thrive.
Community groups are the lifeblood and back-bone of our communities and here in Ogmore alone, we have seen some of these successes first-hand. The House Martin’s (Men’s Shed Cymru) based in Coytrahen, Bridgend Valleys Railway Company Ltd, Tondu Primary School, Bryncethin Tang Soo Do (martial arts group), Special Families Maesteg, Brynawel House Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre, Cylch Meithrin Pencoed (children’s playgroup), Ysgol Bryn Castell School.
Apart from the dedication and long hours of un-paid work from their volunteers, these groups also need funding to survive and I’m sure the financial assistance from the Big Lottery Fund has in some instances provided a life-line to many of these groups.”