The new building, which is in the grounds of St Oswald’s Voluntary Aided school, will provide a permanent base for the local playgroup and after school club as well as offering a variety of activities, such as fitness classes and computer courses to the local community.
Dr Brian Gibbons said:
With a total project cost of £235,000 I am pleased that the Welsh Assembly Government together with others involved with this project, has been able to provide the funding needed to help St Oswald’s Playgroup Committee take forward its vision for this facility, which the community will be able to use for many years to come.
Not only will the local community benefit from excellent amenities including a sensory garden and outdoor play facilities, the new building has been designed using the latest green technology with surplus energy generated being sold back to the national grid.
Projects such as this help to deliver many of the Assembly Government’s objectives. As set out in ‘One Wales’, our aim is to improve the quality of life and the and the standards of services people receive within communities across Wales. This is an excellent example of how a partnership approach can really make a difference in terms of community regeneration.
The total cost of the project is £235,764.23. As well as the Welsh Assembly Government Community Facilities and Activities Programme Grant of £79,042.00, the other match funding for the project is as follows:
Other Match Funding
- Landfill Tax Levy Scheme £20,000.00
- WDA Toolkit £24,060.00
- PAVS £985.00
- National Park Sustainable Development Fund £20,131.76
- DTI £5,000.00
- Own Funds £24,350.00
- Objective 1 Community Buildings Fund £31,316.47
- WEBS £5,900.00
- Envys £24,979.00
The Community Facilities and Activities Programme (CFAP) programme is for voluntary and community groups. Organisation must be self-governing, not profit distributing, and be for public benefit.
This programme has committed nearly £50 Million to projects across Wales since its launch by the then Minister for Social Justice and Regeneration in 2002.
CFAP can help provide facilities or carry out activities which will promote the regeneration of communities by tackling the following priorities:
Creating or refurbishing facilities available to the community as a whole, or adapting them to ensure equal access to disabled people as required under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
- Acting to improve the built or natural environment for local people.
- Improving the well-being of the community by encouraging active and healthy life styles.
- Providing facilities or activities which reduce poverty, inequality, discrimination and social disadvantage.
- Encouraging training that targets vulnerable or excluded people.
- Supporting the growth of community businesses and social enterprises.
- Assisting the promotion of job opportunities and increased incomes.
- Involving people of all ages and abilities in the community and addressing the needs of socially excluded groups.
- Strengthening the cultural and linguistic identity of the community.
31 October 2007