Four groups in Flintshire welcome news of National Lottery grants

Four community groups in Flintshire are celebrating the news they successfully bid for a share of £167,566 of National Lottery funding.

Growing Together’s grant of £137,566, over three years, is for their Community Heart Productions project. The grant will enable children and young people from Bagillt, Flintshire and surrounding areas to participate in community garden activities and other related workshops. The workshops will allow them to learn new skills, improve mental health and wellbeing and build a social network that will help them avoid isolation.

Ruth Howells, a Growing Together trustee said:

“We are delighted to have a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. I have seen first-hand the difference that our work can make. I have seen how the community has come together, vulnerable people becoming volunteers and how youngsters can learn, grow, and achieve. As well as learning skills to grow food, young people are helping the environment, improving health and wellbeing, and building character and resilience.”


Caffi Isa Community Interest Company’s grant of £10,000 is for the Isa Improv Scheme which provides informal, fun, drama workshops to help young people who feel isolated, lack confidence, and need support to reach their full potential.

Jess Doyle, a Project Officer at Caffi Isa said:

“Caffi Isa are absolutely delighted that the funding from The National Lottery Community Fund means we can support our community with this fabulous project. _Isa Improv_ will allow us to help local, young people. They may need support, struggling with school or feeling overwhelmed and isolated. The funding will allow us to engage with them, improve their confidence and encourage creativity. It’s an opportunity to socialise and feel part of a caring, nurturing community. The project will be delivered in the form of informal, drama workshops, with an emphasis on improvisation and fun.”

RainbowBiz CIC in Deeside £10,000 grant will help the group deliver a large scale organic growing project, actively involving community groups, organisations, and colleges. The project will allow participants to learn new skills in a safe and social space, engaging with their local community.

Ian Forrester Project Facilitator Director at RainbowBiz CIC said:

“Each week, it is humbling to witness the people we support gain confidence, learn new skills, make strong friendships and see them feeling proud to be part of their local community. It is with thanks to the National Lottery and their players that we can fund our vital project- Digging Deeside- for another year. We are delighted to be expanding upon current activities, offering more space, more regularity with improved facilities and of course reaching more members of the community.”

Flintshire based organisation 1125 CIC were awarded a grant of £10,000 this month for their ‘Reconnect’ project which will deliver forest school sessions. They will focus on mental health and wellbeing for young people between the ages of 8 and 25, allowing them to become more environmentally aware. The project will encourage participants to socialise, while learning valuable skills at eco- sessions, educational nature walks, nature art using natural and recycled resources, den building, foraging, and learning how to light and cook on a fire.

Kay Ribbon Steen, a Forest school worker said:

“Thank you so much to The National Lottery Community Fund and the National Lottery players for funding the Re-connect project. The Re-connect project will not only provide participants with the opportunity to develop self-regulation skills, problem solving and social skills, but it will encourage them to respect and care for the natural world”

Ruth Bates, Head of North Wales region at The National Lottery Community Fund in Wales congratulated the projects, saying:

“It’s great to see how funding from The National Lottery Community Fund can make such a difference in communities. Our grants are made possible thanks to National Lottery players who raise over £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. These Flintshire based organisations will offer positive learning opportunities, experiences, and resources to help their local communities to thrive. We are looking forward to seeing how all the groups improve the lives of the people in their communities.”

These are just some of the 114 community groups across Wales that have received a share of half a million pounds of National Lottery funding this month. To read the full list of groups awarded see attached document.

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