FIX AND SHIFT TRAINING, based in Carmarthenshire, is appealing for votes after reaching the finals of the prestigious National Lottery Awards.
They are competing against six others in the Best Voluntary/ Charity Project category. It beat off stiff competition from more 1,300 organisations to reach the public voting stage in this year’s National Lottery Awards. This was a record number of entries to the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.
The project with the most votes will be crowned the winner in their category. They will receive a £5,000 cash prize to spend on their project, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy, and they will attend a star-studded glittering Awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One in September.
Fix and Shift Training (FAST) started when its manager heard of a vulnerable adult who had sat in the dark for days because he didn’t know how to change a lightbulb, and he didn’t know who to ask to help him.
The community project provides training for vulnerable adults in Carmarthenshire, who then help others, from gardening, decorating, fitting smoke alarms, assembling flat pack furniture, to changing light bulbs for pensioners.
National Lottery funding helps this innovative training programme to help vulnerable people access training, help vulnerable people to feel safer in their own homes, and guides the trainees towards employment. The volunteers have created a Job Club to help each other, and the package of training, real experience and work preparation helps people who pass through the programme to change their lives.
Sarah Phillips from Commodum Ltd said: “We are delighted that Fix and Shift Training has been nominated for a National Lottery Award, and has reached the final public voting round.
“Fix and Shift Training is a DIY service run for vulnerable people by vulnerable people. This public recognition is a real boost for all our trainees, who work so hard to help others.
“It would mean so much to them to win this award, so I’m asking the public to continue to support this project by voting for us as the UK’s best Voluntary/ Charity project in the National Lottery Awards.”
National Lottery Awards spokesperson, Jackie O’Sullivan, added: “National Lottery players raise £30 million every single week for Good Causes across the UK and the work done with that money is truly life-changing.
“The National Lottery Awards celebrate the talent and dedication of the amazing staff and volunteers who run these incredible National Lottery funded projects for the benefit of their communities.
“Fix and Shift Training has worked very hard to become a finalist and they now need your support. So get voting!”
To vote for Fix and Shift Training, please go to lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/ awards or telephone 0844 836 9713 and follow the campaign on Twitter with hashtag #NLAwards. Voting runs for four weeks from 9am on 29 June until midnight on 27 July.
There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity.
Sports groups take over lease at Canolfan Carwyn centre
SPORTS groups in the Drefach area have teamed up to take over the running of the Canolfan Carwyn Centre.
The centre, owned by Carmarthenshire County Council, was due to close at the end of the summer due to budget restraints.
However, the two local county councillors, Aled Vaughan Owen and Darren Price, together with a number of sporting groups, came together to save the facility.
They formed Grwp Canolfan Carwyn and took out a lease to keep the centre open, running it themselves.
Organisations include Gwendraeth squash club; Drefach, Bancffosfelen and Tumble Colts football teams; Pontyberem Rugby Club; Gorlas Community Council; Bobby’s Boxing Gym; and other members of the community.
Gorslas Community Council donated £1,000, and all other clubs committed to using the facility on a regular basis.
The organisation is currently looking for volunteers to help out in any way they can, including opening and closing, general maintenance, cleaning, booking and marketing.
The groups hope to extend the activities at the centre to include things such as gymnastics, concerts, children’s parties, and a range of other events.
Cllr Vaughan Owen said: “We are appealing to the community to help us make a success of the Canolfan Carwyn Centre.
“We feel it is important to the area and although we understand the potential pitfalls we are confident with the right support we can secure its long-term future.
“In the words of the late, great Carwyn James, who the centre is named after, ‘Take a risk or two, make a few mistakes. As long as you are adventurers, I won’t mind.’
“With the energy from local sports teams and members of the community, the centre can be kept open with the potential not only to secure the future of certain sport and fitness opportunities in the community, but also to develop new initiatives that expand the services provided.”
The centre was one of a number of recreational assets offered for transfer or lease by Carmarthenshire County Council.
To date, there has been interest shown in around 82% of sites available, with around half of these already being taken over by local organisations.
The county council’s executive board member for assets Cllr David Jenkins said: “This is another excellent example of a community working together to secure the future of a local facility.
“Well done to all those groups and individuals who have made this commitment, I wish them every success for the future.”
Soprano’s show-stopping turn on Stepney Street
A CANADIAN soprano wowed shoppers in Llanelli town centre this week, as she gave a stunning performance to raise funds for Breast Cancer Now.
Kyla Lingley received loud applause from passers-by on Stepney Street as they stopped in their tracks to listen to her outstanding vocals and generously donate to her charity bucket.
During Kyla’s studies in Ontario, the talented lady won the INCO Search for Excellence Award for her pristine vocals. Since this time, her career has taken some exciting turns which have led her to England and Wales. She has performed in numerous operas and concerts and has even sung live on BBC Television with Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in front of an audience of 75,000 people.
Kyla has chosen to devote her time when she’s not in performance mode to avidly raising funds for the Breast Cancer Now Charity. This has been achieved through giving outdoor performances in shopping malls at various UK locations.
Kylas’ mission is to uplift others and possibly inspire them through her love of music as it plays such an integral part of everyday life. Her core belief is to help others whenever possible through her voice.
Wartime high tea a success
A WARTIME-THEMED high tea party to help people with dementia and Alzheimer’s was held in Llanelli’s Selwyn Samuel Centre last week.
The party, which will become a monthly event, saw residents from four care homes – Y Plas, Hafan Y Coed, Ashley Court and Y Bwthyn – in attendance, and the Lliedi Suite at the centre was packed to its 250 person capacity.
Visitors enjoyed a fantastic buffet with abundant tea and coffee, and staff got in on the fun, donning war-themed outfits.
The afternoon which was the first of its kind in the Selwyn Samuel Centre definitely catered to the older generation and the entertainment was first class.
Female duo The Jazzabelles wowed the audience with wartime hits such as ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘How Much Is That Doggy In the Window’.
The street party catered for all but especially for those living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Cream tea and unlimited food was at a cost of just £7.50 per person and was clear value for money.
Alison Davies, Sue John and Kian Disalvo were the event managers and they couldn’t do enough to keep their guests happy throughout the duration.
A spokesperson for the event said: “We feel that today went very well. We always try hard to aim to cater to everyone’s needs. Our buffets are made from scratch and the Selwyn Samuel Centre caters for all within the community. We take the utmost care in the running of our events and have different types of events for all walks of life.
“Our events can be ghost nights to cream teas all the way to tribute nights. Today’s wartime event has definitely been a more than colourful indoor street party and the WW2 theme has worked well with plenty of happy visitors from the local care homes who without a doubt have happily reminisced.
“Our rooms are always available for hire and the staff at the centre are first class. The next of our forthcoming events are to be held on November 7 and December 5. A warm welcome is extended to all.”
To book a place for the next themed event, telephone 07729 655114.
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