* From left, Rona Aldrich (Big Lottery), Ken Skates AM, project manager Margaret Sutherland (South Denbighshire Community Partnership), Lesley Powell (Citizens Advice Denbighshire) and Michael McNamara (SDCP chairman of trustees).
Assembly Member Ken Skates praised a programme aimed at tackling rural poverty and isolation after it secured a £350,000 lottery grant.
The Clwyd South AM visited Canolfan Ni in Corwen to hear more about the Your Place or Ours project, a joint venture by South Denbighshire Community Partnership and Citizens Advice Denbighshire which was awarded £350,000 by the Big Lottery to address rural poverty and isolation through a number of initiatives throughout the area.
Mr Skates said: “The Your Place or Ours project includes a variety of community events and activities and services such as ‘meals-on-wheels’. It’s impossible to underestimate how vital programmes like this are to the people who need them. They can reduce stress and anxiety associated with low income and fuel poverty and I’m delighted the importance of Your Place or Ours has been recognised through this grant from the Big Lottery. It’s a massive boost.”
A special launch event to celebrate the grant was held in Corwen last Friday. Representatives from organisations such as Denbighshire social services and the council’s housing team were also invited, and residents had the chance to take part in arts and crafts taster sessions and indoor sports.
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