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Cefn Fforest residents’ group get £5,000 grant for community effort

Published in News on Monday February 20th, 2012. Last updated at 17:00

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A group of Cefn Fforest residents have been awarded almost £5,000 to help improve their community.

Tenants of Fitzroy Lodge in Cefn Fforest were awarded the cash from Cefn Fforest Ward Communities First Trust Fund after forming their own residents’ association at the complex run by United Welsh.

Following their ‘big launch’ in October, which was attended by local MP Chris Evans, the group worked hard on consulting with residents on what items they would like to bid for. A representative from GAVO supported the group in their application

The money will be funding new computers and digital cameras for the complex with residents also taking part in digital photography classes. It will also be going towards events and trips for the residents throughout the year and a Wii Fit package.

Resident Delwyn Davies, chair of the group, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this funding from Communities First. The group has had a hugely positive impact on all those who get involved at Fitzroy Lodge and this money will help us to continue this work.

“We are planning trips to Swansea, St Fagans, Bridgend and Tenby for starters giving all the members of our community the chance to get out easily safely and above all have fun.”

Jo Green, head of Living+ at United Welsh added: “United Welsh are thrilled to see that the Fitzroy Lodge Residents Association has come so far in such a short time.

“Their proactive approach has increased interactivity amongst their community, and with us. We are keen to support groups such as these to help them to release their potential and to achieve their goals.”

Fitzroy Lodge was built in 1980 with 36 one-bedroom properties in the Living + complex.
United Welsh’s Living+ scheme provides housing to people aged 55 and over.

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