Success funding for local groups

With lockdown starting to ease, TVA (Torfaen Voluntary Alliance) understood how many organisations/groups were looking at reopening their doors. The purpose of the Engagement Fund (VSEF) was to help organisations pay for essential maintenance work or purchase equipment needed to meet COVID safety guidelines or continuing or commencing projects with the aim of benefiting/engaging with the communities they serve across Torfaen.

In total TVA have distributed over £20k to benefit several groups across the borough including:

 

Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre

£9,960

Family Art Sessions will start on Tuesday 20th July and will then run every Tuesday and Thursday until the 26th August (10-12 and 1-3).

 

Young People’s Classes will start on Wednesday 21st July and run every Wednesday and Friday until the 27th August.

 

The Community Craft Club for over 16’s will begin on Wednesday 21st July and run every Wednesday throughout the summer. After September this day will change

Sharon Full Gospel Church

£4,669

Grant will be used towards the recruitment of a part-time Community Engagement Worker who will engage the community to foster non-faith-based community-led responses. Ongoing community consultation is at the heart of the project

Hope GB

£6,000

This engagement grant would enable our youth club to continue the Outreach work started during the Pandemic

Pontnewynydd Community Association

£278

Community Fun Day for this summer. The grant would be used for the hire of activities/equipment such as a Bouncy Castle, Music, Face Painting and food for a barbeque.

 

 

 

Matthew Bartlett, from Sharon Full Gospel Church, were awarded over £4,600 for a community engagement worker. He spoke.

 

“I am delighted to hear this news, and it is so encouraging to have this support as we press on with the community project. The help of TVA has been invaluable to say the least, and we are glad to have your ongoing support”.

 

“The Engagement Grant will be used towards the recruitment of a part-time Community Engagement Worker who will engage the community to foster non faith-based community-led responses. Ongoing community consultation is at the heart of the project.”

 

Louise Tolcher-Goldwyn, Senior Education Officer from Llantarnam Grange were awarded £9,960 for classes to be run throughout the Summer at their base in the centre of Cwmbran. She was elated at hearing this news.

 

“We are all overjoyed here at Llantarnam Grange to hear that we were awarded funding for our community engagement programme. We really look forward to starting work on the planning and delivery of our summer activities.”

 

Hope GB is a voluntary support group which provides practical help and encouragement for people affected by autism, in Torfaen and further afield. They were awarded £6,000 to continue the work started by their outreach worker that began during the pandemic.

 

Pontnewynydd Community Association plan on having a community fun day, and their award of £278 will be used for facilitating this.

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By Patrick Downes

Comms Lead - Third Sector Development TVA