Children in Carmarthenshire get support for family activities from West Wales Freemasons

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Three hundred children and young people and their families will take part in valuable recreational and cultural activities, thanks to a £55,000 grant from West Wales Freemasons to Foothold Cymru.

The Time Together Carmarthenshire project will support children and families by offering a range of free weekly clubs, covering activities such as cooking, gardening and a range of arts and crafts.

Foothold Cymru identified that far too many disadvantaged children and young people have experienced a significant deterioration in their mental wellbeing since the pandemic.

A situation that the cost of living crisis exacerbates and further aggravates.

Time Together will provide children and their families with a regular schedule of free extracurricular activities that will allow them to learn, play and grow in an environment that is different from their usual environment at home and at school.

The activities available in the clubs will encourage children and young people to explore their passions and learn skills that they would not normally experience.

For over 30 years, Foothold Cymru has provided families and communities with what many people take for granted, such as food, clothing and education.

They focus on what is important to the people of West Wales and run services and benefits that reflect the needs of the community.

This grant will allow them to expand their services and provide much-needed support to children and their families.

The Freemasons of West Wales grant comes from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

Mike Theodoulou, Managing Director of Foothold Cymru, said:

“We are very grateful to the Freemasons of West Wales for their generous grant which will enable hundreds of disadvantaged children and their families to engage in activities they could not otherwise afford. .

“It’s important both for improving mental health and for strengthening family relationships.”

James Ross, leader of West Wales Freemasons, said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to support Foothold Cymru in their extremely important work for disadvantaged children.

“These days, it’s hard enough to afford the basics, let alone the family activities that can make such a difference to a child’s mental health and overall well-being.”

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