A new study commissioned by the Big Lottery Fund today is aiming to explore and develop new ways of transforming the life chances of children and young people in care in Wales over the next 10 years.
The study could also pave the way for a new £5 million investment which could dramatically improve the outcomes of children in care in Wales. The latest figures show that there are nearly 6,000 children in care in Wales, an increase of 20% over the last five years.
The Big Lottery fund has awarded £500,000 for a new church community centre in one of South Wales' most deprived areas.
St. Paul's Church in Aberavon plans to build a brand new community centre in its grounds to replace the current one which is no longer fit for purpose.
The Welsh Government awarded a grant of £300,000 earlier this year and coupled with the boost from the Big Lottery Fund, work is expected to begin on the project in early 2014.
Called the St Paul’s Centre, the glass fronted building will be built around a central courtyard area which will include a cafe, shop and garden.
There are plans to cater for youth clubs, pensioners, toddler groups, jobs clubs and even wedding receptions.
Revd Matthew Trick, the Team Vicar for Aberavon and Project Director said:
“The heart of the St Paul’s Centre is about trying to help local people improve the quality of their lives against deprivation - it will tackle deprivation by improving social skills and reducing anti social behaviour.
“We are delighted that the Big Lottery Fund has given us this £500,000. It turns the project from a dream into a reality which will benefit the whole of the community of Aberavon."