The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is proud to announce that BBC Children in Need has granted a further £151,811 grant over 3 years to fund the excellent project work that takes arts-based workshops and activities onto the Gypsy & Traveller Caravan Sites of South Wales.
Isaac Blake, Director of RCAC says that ‘These children deserve the best start in life and I am proud, as a Romani Gypsy to be able to continue to take our work directly to these children on site. BBC Children in Need can rest assured that they are making a tremendous difference to some very special young people.’
The enhanced project will be re-launched in Autumn 2014 and even more young people than before will benefit and get improved opportunities to engage and mix socially whilst learning new skills.
Jemma Wray, the National Head of Wales for BBC Children in Need said: “We are delighted to award further funding RCAC Gypsy & Traveller Arts Project. This money will fund an Arts Development Worker to run a programme to engage with the children from within the Gypsy & Traveller community. These art activities will help children and young people engage better within their communities, improve self-esteem and help them to make better informed life choices.
“These grants are only made possible thanks to the incredible support we get from fundraisers each year. Organisations working with children and young people in Wales who would like to apply for funding in future rounds should visit the grants section on our website to find out more about our grant programmes.”
Jeff Cuthbert, Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, said: “The Welsh Government is working hard to bring Gypsy and Traveller sites up to a decent standard and to ensure that community members have equal access to services. Projects like the Romani Cultural and Arts Company will enhance the experience of living on these sites and help children and young people from these communities to fulfil their potential.”
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