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Communities First areas in Swansea have received a funding boost of nearly£900,000 as Minister for Social Justice ...
Communities First areas in Swansea have received a funding boost of nearly£900,000 as Minister for Social Justice and Regeneration Edwina Hart announced four successful funding applications.

Communities First is the Welsh Assembly Government's flagship programme to improve the lives of those living and working in Wales' poorest areas.

Edwina Hart said: 'The range and diversity of these projects clearly demonstrates that Communities First is taking shape and making a tangible difference in Swansea.

'The programme adopts a bottom-up approach - we want people to find their own solutions that will work in each individual area. These projects will impact on people of all ages in the most disadvantaged areas in Swansea, providing services that will empower people to make positive changes to their lives.'

Bonymaen Communities First will receive£235,486 to continue funding two voluntary sector community based groups: Bonymaen Kids Play Initiative and Bonymaen Family Centre. The Play Initiative is a registered charity working from the Bonymaen Community Centre and provides services and activities such as after school and Saturday morning clubs for children. The Family Centre, which runs parents and toddler groups, holiday play schemes and after school clubs, will now be able to provide after school activities for 9 - 13 year olds and build on its 'High Scope' approach whereby adults and children plan and initiate activities by working together.

Townhill Communities First in Swansea will receive£213,451 to continue funding staff at TOPIC - The Older People's Information Centre. The TOPIC facility is based at two council houses in Mayhill and provides a valuable drop-in advisory centre for older people and carers. The centre, which has won a range of awards for its work, addresses issues linked with income levels, health, diet, frailty, social exclusion, ageism and other difficulties facing older people.

SPARK - an adult education and childcare support facility in Blaenymaes is to receive£150,475.05 to continue funding a range of work. The day nursery provides care for 42 children enabling parents to attend courses and work part -time. This programme benefits people in the Communities First areas of Blaenymaes, Portmead and Penplas.

Swansea Council for Voluntary Services will be awarded£288,015.06 to fund five full-time and two new part-time new members of staff. Swansea CVS has developed activities and sessions to encourage and support volunteering. Thanks to the training, more than 20 residents have been employed for 12 months as trainee community workers and the initiative has been recognised as an example of best practise by the University of Glamorgan.

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