Community Impact Grants
The Warehouse Church, Newport
The Warehouse Church sits in the south of Newport, in an area which is diverse but also disadvantaged. The area is one of the most deprived wards in Wales, with high levels of unemployment, health issues and low levels of academic achievement.
The church’s aim is to operate a music studio to train young people in the art of music and video production. Partnering with local schools, the studio will offer work experience opportunities for pupils experiencing personal problems or struggling with anxiety and mental health. Alongside the work experience, the pupils will also receive counselling and advice to equip them to deal effectively with their problems.
A £5,500 Community Impact Grant will kick-start the project by supporting the employment of a production leader to take charge of the training programme.
Living Hope (Skye and Lochalsh), Kyle of Lochalsh, Highland
Living Hope was set up to support those struggling with alcohol and substance abuse through recovery groups and outreach work, working in rural areas where access to addiction services is limited and addiction is prevalent.
In 2021, the charity found a permanent base at the Lighthouse Centre in Kyle. Through a community Café, the Lighthouse provides an open door and a safe space for all ages, running a 'pay it forward' scheme so hot food is available at no cost. As well as running addiction support, The Lighthouse provides a hub that hosts related charities with the aim of increasing access to services, social inclusion, and community interaction in a post lockdown era.
A grant of £4,600 will help to fund a part-time manager, so that the Lighthouse is sustainable and able to develop and grow into new areas of community support.