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A message from Ceri Doyle

30 April 2009

We launched ‘Life Skills’ on Tuesday with the Welsh Assembly Government Deputy Minister for Skills, John Griffiths. This is the first BIG programme to be jointly funded with the European Social Funding (ESF), at source.

It got great media attention from BBC radio, web and television as well as the local press, no doubt encouraged by a wonderful photo opportunity courtesy of the Pink Ladies, a construction project we funded under a previous programme.
Read the BBC story

Whilst the great and the good were impressed by the collaboration between BIG and ESF, what really struck me was the focus of our outcomes.

Some of the pink ladies I spoke to had been coming to the old community centre funded by BIG where they used the crèche facilities as they learnt about IT. They now come to the Pink Ladies partly because “it shows you how to do stuff around the house without a man”!

This group has been accessing BIG funded initiatives for more than 7 years, and think the Lottery is great. They don’t want to volunteer, access training or employment, but definitely get a kick out of doing something together in their community.

Number of volunteering places generated = 0,
Number of training opportunities created = 0,
Number of children looked after = loads (plus they all now help each other out),
Number of new skills learnt = loads

The outcome – a group of girls and women who had a better time because of the Lottery. Now how do we measure that impact?

Ceri Doyle
Director, BIG Wales

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