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Project aims to support missing people and families

Hywel Thomas from the Big Lottery Fund told ITV News it's hope the money will enable Missing People provide support to those who have left home and their families.

The 'After Missing' project will provide:

  • a support service for people who have returned home after being missing and their families via phone, text and email

  • referral routes to enable people to access services more easily

  • improved partnership working with police and other agencies

  • publicity opportunities to help find missing people.

Charity gets £500k to support Wales' missing people

The Missing People charity has been given a grant to support missing people who have returned home. Credit: PA

The Missing People charity is set to get a £500,000 grant to help support people who have been reported missing after they return home.

According to Welsh Police Authorities 13,390 people were reported missing in Wales in 2011/12. Of those, 39 per cent went missing again the same year.

The Big Lottery fund has awarded the charity a grant over three years to provide support to adults and children in Wales who've been missing and to their families after they have been found.

The majority of those reported missing are children and young people. The 'After Missing' support project aims to help previously missing people and their families come to terms with their experiences and reduce the likelihood of them leaving again.

Rachel Elias, the sister of missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards is supporting the charity Credit: PA

Rachel Elias, the sister of the former Manic Street Preachers' guitarist Richey Edwards - who will have been missing for 20 years next year - has given her support to the 'After Missing' support project funded by the Big Lottery.

John Rose, Director Wales at the Big Lottery Fund said: "Whilst relatives and friends will undoubtedly experience great relief when a loved one returns those thoughts can be replaced by anxiety and guilt - questions of how and why and self-blame and concerns that it could happen again."

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£15m to help tackle poverty in Wales

Wales has the highest level of child poverty in the UK. Credit: PA

Some of the most disadvantaged communities in Wales will be supported through a £15m investment announced today by the Big Lottery Fund.

Wales has the highest level of child poverty in the UK, with 23 per cent of the population living in poverty.

The Big Lottery Fund is setting up an independent trust to distribute the money to some of the poorest areas in Wales.

Study aims to improve quality of life for children in care

Children in care: study could lead to £5m lottery funding Credit: PA

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.

Aberavon church gets green light for £1m project

Revd Matthew Trick at St. Paul's Church in Aberavon Credit: Church in Wales

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."