Alex Ashton, Chair of the Board at Wales & West Housing said: “Each year the Board of Wales & West Housing chooses to support charities with a donation of £10,000 for three consecutive years.
“We look to support charities that work with disadvantaged groups of people across Wales, particularly in the 15 local authority areas where we provide more than 12,000 affordable homes to our residents.
Engage Cymru does great work with disadvantaged and vulnerable groups helping them to express themselves through art. These groups include older people, young adult carers, refugee families, socio-economic deprived communities and those suffering with mental and physical health issues. Our residents have been able to benefit from some of the frontline projects run by Engage Cymru too by accessing training, advocacy and virtual community networks.
Last year the charity successfully ran an Arts Award project working with Syrian refugee families in Denbighshire, Wrexham and Conwy. The project helped families to improve their use of the English language. All the young people taking part will also receive a nationally recognised art qualification to help them improve their future opportunities. WWH contributed £3000 towards the project through our Making A Difference sponsorship and we were impressed by the professional way Engage Cymru ran the project and engaged with the families.
Charities have faced greater fundraising challenges than ever in the last year and the arts sector has been particularly affected, we hope that with this three-year funding Engage Cymru will be able to support more people in need.”
Angela Rogers, Engage Cymru Coordinator, thanks WWH and says, “We are absolutely delighted that Wales and West Housing Association have chosen Engage Cymru as it’s charity of choice for this generous sum of funding. The money will give critical support to our community arts development work over the next three years.”
Jane Sillis, Director of Engage, says, “An enormous thank you to Wales and West Housing for supporting Engage Cymru’s programme over the next three years. This is a real endorsement of Engage Cymru’s work. It supports diverse audiences to engage with the visual arts and the workforce who enable this. This generous donation ensures the continuity of this vital programme.”