The New Saints Foundation is celebrating today following the award of a £9,950 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
The Big Lottery Fund ensures that money raised by players of The National Lottery helps communities achieve their ambitions and thrive.
In 2017/2018, the fund awarded over £500 million, with 90% of grants under £10,000 – and this time, it’s the turn of The Foundation to be one of the recipients.
The grant will help with the cost of providing youth clubs in both Gobowen and Weston Rhyn, which have been run by TNS Foundation since January 2018.
Following the collapse of the previous provider, the Local Joint Committee decided to commission pilot youth club provisions in teh two villages following a consultation with young people in 2013, when a significant lack of activities and facilities for young people living in rural villages was highlighted.
Speaking after the award of the grant, Foundation Manager Gill Jones said:
“We are very excited to have received this funding. Since January, we have worked hard to re-establish the youth clubs in the two villages, with the support of the Local Joint Committee.
“We always knew we only had their funding for a limited time, and having worked so hard to get the clubs off the ground, we didn’t want to let young people down by having then to withdraw the service.
“The support from the Big Lottery is fantastic – it means that the clubs are guaranteed now for the next 18 months, during which time we will be working with young people and families in those communities to try and make sure they can continue once the funding ends.
“This means we will be looking for potential volunteers to help with the running of the clubs, and also working with the local community to put together a programme of local community fundraising.”
Gobowen youth club meets every Monday, in The Pavilion between 5pm and 7pm, while Weston Rhyn meets every Thursday between 4pm and 6pm at Weston Rhyn Primary School premises.
Young people have the chance to plan their own activities for the week, which can include: dance, drama, sports, arts and crafts and competitions, or if they’d rather simply ‘chill’, they’re more than welcome to.
Anyone aged between 10-16 is welcome to attend and all sessions are fully supervised by two members of The Foundation team.