An innovative new programme using the arts, culture and heritage to support some of our most disadvantaged communities has seen over 1,500 people take part in activities during its pilot year.
The Welsh Labour Government’s Fusion: Tackling Poverty through Culture is helping people to develop skills to improve attainment and find employment and is supporting local authorities and Communities First areas to find new and exciting opportunities to get people who would not normally engage with culture and heritage to give it a go.
At the end of the project’s successful first year, Welsh Labour’s Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates has welcomed an evaluation of progress so far and has announced an additional £165,000 funding to expand the programme.
The project has also seen over 500 people take part in structured courses and schemes, many leading to accreditation and qualifications. ‘Pioneer Areas’ have been established in Wrexham, Gwynedd, Swansea, Cardiff/Merthyr, Newport and Torfaen to pilot the programme. Discussions are underway to increase the number of areas taking part in 2016-17.
A progress report can be found here.