Lottery boost for arts and wellness group
a Ceredigion arts group celebrates after winning a grant from the National Lottery.
Arts4Wellbeing Innovation CIC in Ceredigion has received a £9,900 grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to relaunch its volunteer-run community centres.
Welcoming the grant, Sarah Wentworth, co-founder of Arts4Wellbeing Innovation CIC, said, “We would like to express our huge thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund for your support.
“Arts4Wellbeing launched seven social creative drop-in centers in rural areas and trained community volunteers so that the groups are run by the community for the community. Prior to the first lockdown, six were operating independently and autonomously and the seventh was on the verge of becoming independent. The groups had an ethos of reaching out to support those who are lonely, bereaved or isolated, as well as those with limited mobility or life-limiting conditions.
“By accessing the groups, people have had the opportunity to enjoy conversation, learn new things, share their skills, ideas and experience, make new friends and contribute to their community. With the pandemic, the groups were unfortunately unable to meet in person, although people continued to support each other through phone calls and social media. With this funding, we will work with volunteers to help groups become strong and self-sufficient again.
Christine, a volunteer with Gorsgoch Compassionate Community Group, said: “I have volunteered with Arts4Wellbeing for about six years. For the past five years, I have helped coordinate a weekly rural center. Sharing different crafts and talking to others is the highlight for many, especially those living with health issues, bereaved and lonely or struggling to get out. People usually go home more radiant than when they arrived, having tried something new and talked about problems, worries and joys.