Today (Tuesday 18th August 2015), five projects across south and west Wales received £1.6 million to help with their facilities, so that they can do even more work with communities and families in south and west Wales.
The money comes from the Community Facilities Programme and below are the details of where it’s going and who it’s helping…
Bulldogs Boxing & Community Activities have been awarded over £150,000 to make their gym in Fenbrock Close, Baglan Moors, Port Talbot more accessible to wheelchair users, amputees and the wider community. Bulldogs Gym work closely with armed forces veterans and this extra money will help support the work they do around post traumatic stress and counselling.
£500,000 is going to help the services currently in Penplas Family Centre move to the larger building in St Teilo’s Church on Cheriton Crescent, Portmead, Swansea. This means that they can help even more families with school and holiday clubs, speech and language services, access to children’s mental health services and a library.
A Trussell Trust food bank and a debt counselling service, as well as a drop-in coffee shop and a meeting/training room will soon be added to Bethel Chapel on Bush Street in Pembroke Dock. These additional services and rooms will further increase the support they offer the community, which already includes a low-cost lunch service for the elderly, isolated and homeless in the town and a parent and toddler group.
Shelter for the homeless over the cold winter months, a Trussell Trust food bank and more activities for young people will now be available to the community of Newbridge thanks to nearly £500,000 going to the Tabernacle Baptist Church on the High Street in Newbridge.
New Tredegar, Caerphilly
St Dingat’s Church on Church Terrace, New Tredegar, which is already home to Rhymney Valley food bank, works closely with Caerphilly Communities First and hosts the Citizens Advice Bureau, as well as the Local Authority Housing Benefit and Social Services teams, will expand the work they do by refurbishing and extending the church. This is thanks to £400,000 from the Community Facilities Programme.
If you’d like to know more about the services and facilities available to you and your family in your area, talk to your local Family Information Service.