AM praises BIG awards

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has welcomed news that a number of local organisations are benefitting from Big Lottery funding.

Women’s Aid Monmouthshire Limited’s Gwella project, which brings together four support, advocacy and other services to women, children and families in South East Wales, will receive a grant of £210,060, which will be used over three years to fund staff posts and associated project costs.

The Acorn Centre Voluntary Management Committee in Abergavenny has been awarded £5,000, which will be used to deliver 39 weeks of healthy eating sessions, teaching deprived families how to cook healthy meals on a budget, increasing their skills and tackling health issues.

An award of £37,500 to Caerwent Playing Field Ltd’s Jubilee Trail project will go towards funding the capital costs of building the trail.

Two village halls are benefiting from Awards for Wales’ grants, with £5,000 awarded to Llanover Village Hall for media venue refurbishment and £4,934 to Llanarth Village Hall for upgrading equipment.

A grant of £1,213 will enable Shirenewton Community Council and Shirenewton Local History Society to refurbish the redundant telephone kiosk at the heart of the village as an accessible information resource for the community.

Llangattock Community Woodlands Ltd were  awarded £4,810 to buy equipment to convert poor quality windblown trees into firewood for the local community.

Training in Autism Spectrum Conditions in Monmouth received a  grant of £5,000 to arrange four skills based training days.

And it’s not only communities that can benefit from BIG funding – a Second World War veteran from Abergavenny was awarded £965 towards travel costs for a commemorative visit to Normandy.

Commenting on the awards, Mr Ramsay said:

“I am delighted that the dedicated work of these local organisations has been rewarded in this way. I would urge other local organisations in need of grant aid to consider applying for Big Lottery funding.”

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