Jayne Bryant MS visits Newport Yemeni Community

THE Member of the Senedd for Newport West, Jayne Bryant MS went along to see first-hand the impact of work funded through The National Lottery to support Newport’s Yemeni community at their newly refurbished building in Pillgwenlly.


Newport Yemeni Community Association is a non-profit charity established in 2019 that serves communities of Newport. The organisation holds a range of activities for people, including sports activities for young people as well as girl-only football and cricket.

Thanks to National Lottery players, Newport Yemeni Community Association were awarded £99,999 in earlier this year to refurbish of their newly acquired community building in Pillgwenlly that will enable the group to offer more activities, and to develop young people from the local area.

On her visit, Jayne Bryant MS met with Reggie Al-Haddi and Debbie Jenkins, both from Newport Yemeni Community Association, who gave a tour of the facilities and demonstrated how the group were making a difference for people in the community.

The Foundation also benefited from a £9,980 National Lottery grant in 2020 to run weekly sports sessions, cookery sessions, and to hold a family fun day for their local community. This project brought together young people from across the local community to enjoy different activities and to promote a healthier community.

Reggie Al-Haddi of Newport Yemeni Community Association,
said: “Through the power of community and the support of The National Lottery, Newport Yemeni Community Association is creating a brighter future for our diverse community in Newport. Together, we are building bridges, empowering our youth, and fostering a healthier, united society. Our newly refurbished building stands as a testament to the strength of collaboration and the belief that every individual deserves opportunities to thrive.”

Jane Bryant, The Member of The Senedd for Newport West, said: “Thanks to the players’ of the National Lottery, The National Lottery Community Fund are able to help passionate groups and ventures make a huge difference”

“It is so great to see a group like Yemeni Community Association do so much with this funding”

“The Newport Yemeni Community Association (NYCA) are dedicated to the social, educational, and economical advancement of Yemeni, other Arabic speaking communities and ethnic groups in Pillgwenlly”

“I will always encourage our Newport West residents to look at funding options for their community group, small businesses and projects”

“Monday’s visit is testament to what can be achieved when you reach out”

John Rose, Wales Director of The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK, and it’s because of the players we at The National Lottery Community Fund are able to fund fantastic groups working in Wales such as Newport Yemeni Community Association.”

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