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23 January 2004

Cyber Driver

Ever wondered how young people with no money or who have literacy problems get help passing their driving test, or get a job? Thanks to a lottery award of over £150,000 they can get all the help they need in Llanelli. The Community Fund grant will see the Llanelli Centre Project Limited provide I.T.access and driving instruction to those that would otherwise be excluded.

Over 35 young people attend the centre each day which is open 5 days a week between 9.30am to 8.00pm. The centre is used for counseling and information, drop-in sessions, games and family planning. This money will provide an information officer, supervision for the cyber-café and driving instructor.

Averill Rees, Project Co-ordinator is delighted that this funding allows them to continue and develop the young people’s idea’s for the centre.
“The transport links, if you live just outside of town, are really terrible and by providing free driving tuition we will be able to encourage those with the enthusiasm to learn to drive but who haven’t got the financial backing.
This will then help them to find work that would otherwise be unavailable to them. The Community Fund money also means that we can develop the cyber-café which helps with the literacy problems many young people face. The centre has been running for 15 years now and we have pioneered many new projects which the community has embraced and I sincerely hope that we will continue to do so.”

Jeff Carroll, Community Fund Chair for Wales expressed the committee’s support.
“The project staff, in talking to the young people, have identified the areas in which the young people feel they need help, primarily literacy and transport problems, and it is hoped that with this grant those problems will be met in a variety of ways. I am pleased to see that lottery money is making a positive difference for some young people in Llanelli.”

Media Enquiries
Community Fund: Deian Creunant, Communications Manager on 01686 611705/07855 276 740 for further information or Claire Nickless, Policy and Communications Support Officer on 01686 611 707.
Averill Rees, Project Co-ordinator: 01554 771595