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12 December 2003

Christmas windfall for Amman Valley and Dinefwr

Two groups in rural Carmarthenshire are celebrating Christmas early this week after hearing that they are the successful recipients of grants awarded by the Community Fund, the lottery distributor which awards money to voluntary and charitable groups.

Menter Dyffryn Aman received an award of 59,390 which they will use to two employ two Youth workers. Eirian Davies, Area Manager said, “The Community Plan for Carmarthenshire noted a significant lack of youth provision particularly in the rural outskirts, so the new employees first duty will be to look at the profile of the area and network with partners and users to establish activities within the area. This award will allow us to provide accessible opportunities for young people, and becoming active within their communities will inevitably increase their skills and confidence.”

Llangadog Community Centre, were successful in securing a grant of 99,925 to improve the facilities at their local village hall. The centre will become the only fully accessible venue to provide facilities for the whole community so it’s an essential community resource. At least forty groups will benefit from the refurbishments so the benefits will be wide spreading.

Jeff Carroll, Chair of the Community Fund in Wales said, “The Wales Committee were delighted to support these worthy projects in Carmarthenshire. The number of beneficiaries may be lower in rural areas but they are no less important to us and we know that these grants will enable the groups to move from strength to strength within their communities”

Notes to Editors

1. The Community Fund shares out money raised by the National Lottery to charities and to voluntary and community groups. Out of every 1 spent on the National Lottery the Community Fund gets 4.7 pence.
2. The legal name of the Community Fund remains the National Lottery Charities Board.
3. Since 1995 the Community Fund has awarded over 145 million to groups in Wales. Full details are available on our website at www.community-fund.org.uk

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