Charity in Carmarthenshire is awarded £150,000 after their innovative services impress major UK funder

Charity in Carmarthenshire is awarded £150,000 after their innovative services impress major UK funder

Carmarthen Youth Project, which supports young people in Carmarthen has been awarded £150,000 from one of the UK’s largest charitable funders. The funding will enable the charity to purchase and renovate the premises they currently lease. The Garfield Weston Foundation says small community charities are rising to the challenge of facing unprecedented demand for their services by being proactive and innovative.

The Foundation has more than doubled its £5m capital fund to over £11m so it can support over 150 charities and community organisations across the UK.

The Weston Anniversary Fund was launched earlier this year to provide funding to charities to improve their existing facilities or provide new ones as part of the Foundation’s 60th year. The Trustees took the decision to more than double the fund after receiving over 2,300 applications, with over 60% from charities that have never applied to them before.

Gayle Harris, Chief Executive of Carmarthen Youth Project says:

This funding is great news for us. We have struggled through really difficult financial times over the last 3 years and being able to buy our building with the Garfield Weston Anniversary Fund Grant will save us from imminent closure. It has had a transformational impact on our future as the only full-time youth provision in the County of Carmarthenshire.

More of the money we raise in future will be able to go towards the face to face working with young people from Carmarthenshire. This funding from Garfield Weston Foundation will give them a safe and stable place to go with qualified, caring staff. Young people will be able to come here, participate in worthwhile, positive projects and learn new skills and become more involved in the community. We aim for the project to make young people more resilient, happier and healthier.   

Morgan, 15, who is supported by the charity says:

I am really happy that Dr Mz will stay open thanks to this grant! We have been worried for the last two years that it would close and we would have no safe place to go.

Stacy, 15, who has been supported by the Charity says:

Dr Mz being here helps me make new friends, keeps me safe and keeps me out of trouble! The staff are really positive and I have great memories of this place.

The Garfield Weston Foundation’s Director, Philippa Charles, says:

“What really impressed our Trustees is the amount of volunteering and community involvement that’s going on across the UK. We heard about so many amazing projects involving local people who are helping their communities thrive – regardless of cuts, Brexit debates and other challenges.

The response from charities to this new fund clearly demonstrates the voluntary sector is proactive and energetic; far from the complacency it is sometimes accused of.

Yet we can also see the level of need that exists in our local communities and how much the services charities provide are so desperately needed. The impact of these grants will be significant, with benefits for many people lasting years.”

Carmarthen Youth Project – Dr M’z

Dr. M’z is a full-time youth drop in centre run by Carmarthen Youth Project for young people aged 11-25. Dr.M’z is a comfortable, safe, informative and stimulating place for young people to meet, relax and develop positively as young people. The organisation offers numerous projects within it including Health and Well-being, Volunteering and community action, Allotment and environmental, Young Parents projects and more.

It is also home to a worker from a national children’s charity and offers space to other youth groups eg. Young Adult Carers, Young Carers and Carmarthenshire Youth Service’s groups.

Dr M’z is a registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee.