A photographic exhibition held at the Senedd, celebrating 25 years of National Lottery community funding in Wales, saw 25 national charities and community groups selected to join in the celebrations with the support of National Assembly Members.
The community groups shared stories about their funding awards and demonstrated how this much needed funding has allowed them to continue to positively impact their local areas.
Llanharan’s Community Development Project, based in the Drop-in-Centre were one of the groups invited to the celebrations. The Project works to identify and address the needs and wellbeing of people in their local area by working in partnership with local businesses. They employ local, qualified staff to deliver high quality childcare, play opportunities and education, made possible with a National Lottery Community Grant – their previous award was over three hundred thousand pounds to improve the local youth centre and increase the services they offer including IT training.
Huw Irranca-Davies, Assembly Member for Ogmore where the group are based, joined with them to celebrate their success and 25 years of community funding which has helped towns and communities throughout Ogmore and across Wales.
Following the event Mr Irranca-Davies said: “It was great to welcome members of the Drop-In-Centre to the Senedd and to join representatives from the National Lottery Community Fund Wales at their anniversary celebrations.
We have many successful community groups in Ogmore which are the lifeblood and back-bone of our society.
Many good causes in Ogmore and Wales have received a share of £973.5 million of National Lottery Funding, helping many projects succeed and thrive, and in some instances proving to be a life-line to many of these groups.”