A further five projects based in Cardiff Central have been awarded National Lottery Community funding over the past month.

The National Lottery Community Fund has continued to support communities across Wales throughout the COVID-19 emergency and remain open to applications to support the recovery from the pandemic.

Since April, they have awarded £17 million to 656 groups with the majority of these grants helping communities to adapt to and recover from COVID-19.

For further information about this funding, and to see if your project is eligible, visit: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/wales.

The Alzheimer’s Society were awarded £1000,000 to cover the costs of four Dementia Advisors for one year to contribute towards the Dementia Connect service. The service is available seven days a week for practical and emotional advice and support for those living with dementia, their carers and wider friends and families. Welsh Speaking Advisers allow people to communicate in the language of their choice.

The Springboard Charity received £92,621 to provide a digital employability academy for people working in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry. Support will take the form of professional mentoring, group/peer support, a digital platform to support transferrable skills, plus sustained into-work support. When restrictions are lifted, the project will deliver face to face.

As lockdown eases, Wales Council of the Blind will use their £49,750 grant to disseminate accessible information to people with sight loss about the different phases of the reinstatement of services and facilities. Updateable packs will include accessible information for individuals. Posters will be provided to venues and service providers used by people with sight loss. Creation of awareness-raising publicity materials will be directly under the control of people with sight loss and professionals who work with them.

Displaced People in Action will use their £49,394 grant to create an IT loan scheme so that refugees and asylum seekers can connect with friends, family and essential support services which have now moved online.

Bipolar UK will use their £24,312 grant to support their ‘face2face’ peer support groups in Wales to move online. The meetings will be open to anyone affected by bipolar disorder including people with a diagnosis, those pre-diagnosis, family members, friends and carers. Groups will meet monthly and will be facilitated by DBS-checked and trained volunteers with support from Bipolar UK.

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