BEN LAKE, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion is celebrating over £8.2 million of National Lottery funding being awarded to community projects across the constituency over the past five years. The money, raised by players for good causes, is being distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.
Ben Lake attended an event in Parliament this week with the Fund, which is responsible for giving out money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. The MP heard about the community projects receiving funding and the difference they make.
The National Lottery Community Fund supports charities, community groups, and people with great ideas – local or national, large or small, no matter what their starting point. Information about how to apply for funding can be found on their website: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
The MP is calling on local groups to find out how to apply for a National Lottery grant. Funding starts from just £300, and 90% of the grants made are for under £10,000.
Local projects to have benefited include HUTS, in Adpar, who received £495,979 in June 2018 to offer a peer-led befriending and outreach service to people in West Wales with mental health conditions, in addition to a drop-in service providing early intervention to people who have not yet been referred officially.
The Llandysul Family Centre were awarded £95,203 in November 2018 to increase family and community well-being in the area and to build on parent’s strength, empowering them to find solutions to situations and practice them in a safe place and then transfer them to their home life in the community.
Aberystwyth University Students Union received £23,000 in March 2019 to raise awareness and deliver training to increase the skills and knowledge of both staff and students around suicide prevention.
Therapies4Services were also successful and received £10,000 to set up a mentoring service for active soldiers, veterans and bereaved military families in order to help aid their mental wellbeing.
Ben Lake, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, said: “It’s fantastic to hear that over £8.2 million of National Lottery funding has gone to community projects in Ceredigion. These groups are inspirational in the great work and support they provide to local people. Thanks to their effort and dedication, National Lottery money is helping communities to thrive and I would urge anybody else in my constituency with a great idea to see what funding they too could secure.”
John Rose, Wales Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this funding will help to improve the lives of people in the local community. We know that people understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone else – that’s why when people are in the lead, communities thrive.”
Last year the Fund awarded over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) and supported over 11,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk
RNLI in Wales urges people to stay safe as Storm Brendan hits
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is urging people to stay safe near the Welsh coast as severe weather could make our seas and coastlines particularly dangerous.
Lifesaving charity, the RNLI, is encouraging people to exercise extreme caution if visiting the shoreline, especially along exposed cliffs, seafronts and piers.
The expected strong winds and severe gales pose a severe safety risk to those visiting the coast.
Named Storm Brendan by Met Eireann, it swept eastwards across Ireland before making its way through the rest of the UK this morning with yellow wind warning in place for most of the Welsh coast.
Chris Cousens, RNLI Regional Water Safety Lead for Wales said:
‘This rough weather could make visiting parts of the Welsh coastline treacherous and bring very dangerous sea conditions.
‘Sadly, around 150 people lose their lives on British and Irish coasts each year and over half of these people didn’t plan on ever entering the water. Slips, trips and falls can be a major factor in these kinds of incidents.’
If you see someone else in danger in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. If you have something that floats that they can hold on to, throw it to them. Don’t go in the water yourself – too many people drown trying to save others.
The charity, which provides a search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, is facing its own Perfect Storm as demand for its services has increased but it is facing a shortfall in funds. This past year, the RNLI has been busier than ever, and stormy conditions can mean additional call outs for the already extremely busy volunteer crews. Whatever the weather, RNLI volunteers will still be on call to rescue those at difficulty at sea.
The RNLI’s major new fundraising appeal, The Perfect Storm, which aims to help the charity get back to living within its means, is running throughout November and December. To find out more or to donate visit RNLI.org/ThePerfect Storm.
Are you missing out on a Council Tax reduction?
IF YOU’RE struggling to pay your Council Tax bill, then help could be available for you through the Welsh Government’s flagship Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS).
The scheme, which will continue to support vulnerable households in 2020-21, currently benefits one in five of all households in Wales. In the last year almost 280,000 low-income households have received help from the scheme, with 220,000 paying no council tax at all. Many more receive other discounts or exemptions.
You may be entitled to pay less council tax if:
• you believe you live on a low income
• you live alone, or with people/children who do not pay council tax
• you are a student
• you are disabled
• you are severely mentally impaired
Understanding why there are still vulnerable households not benefitting from the help they are entitled to is a priority for the Welsh Government. Last year we commissioned research to understand the circumstances of households in Wales and the effects of the UK Government’s Universal Credit on the CTRS.
The interim report out today shows that for many households, the move to Universal Credit can have a significant impact on council tax reduction awards. Whilst many households currently receiving a 100% reduction will continue to do so, for others, the move to Universal Credit is shown to have an adverse impact, particularly for employed households, self-employed households, and working households in receipt of a Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.
Full findings of the interim report are available on the Welsh Government website. These findings will now be considered in more detail to inform the next stages of the research and policy development in this area.
Encouraging people to make sure they are not missing out on help they could be entitled to, Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said:
“Ensuring every household in Wales receives the council tax support they are entitled to is an important part of our commitment to making council tax fairer.
“Our scheme is already helping hundreds of thousands of households across Wales, but we know that there are still many missing out on the discounts, reductions and exemptions they are entitled to. I encourage everyone to check the Welsh Government website to find out if they could be paying less.”
Success for Dyfed-Powys Police in targeting drugs suppliers in Ceredigion
A drugs supplier in the Ceredigion area has been sentenced to 2 years and 2 months in prison.
Kylie Mason, 34, from Aberaeron, was arrested on the 28th October 2019, and later charged with 2 offences of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug and two offences of supply a controlled drug of Class A. She pleaded guilty at court and received a total sentence of two years and two months in prison on the 8th January.
Detective Sergeant Steven Jones said: “This is an excellent result for the Aberaeron community, who had raised concerns about this individual supplying drugs in the area. I hope this will serve as a warning to others who wish to bring drugs into the Ceredigion area that it will not be tolerated. This result will go a long way towards keeping our communities safe. If anyone is worried about drugs in their community I would urge them to contact police as we will take the appropriate action.”
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