North Anglesey: funding secured to help vulnerable groups

Anglesey Council

Funding has been secured to support vulnerable groups on North Anglesey during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The county council has been given a £25,000 grant from a relief fund for local authorities and charities set up by Magnox and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

The money will be spent locally on buying two 3D printers for Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones in Amlwch, enabling them to make protective visors for key workers and volunteers.

It will also fund supplies for Amlwch Foodbank and the recently launched ‘Neges’ food distribution project.

Magnox CEO Gwen Parry-Jones said: ”Many community groups are carrying out positive work, supporting the most vulnerable in their areas.”

”This work is vital, and a key part of Magnox’s response to COVID-19 is to help other organisations deal with the pandemic wherever we can.”

“In this time of national crisis, Magnox has agreed with the NDA that we should make available up to £25,000 at each site from the Magnox Socio-economic Scheme for use by local community groups on COVID-19 related activities.”

”Magnox is committed to assisting the communities surrounding our sites, as our communities have supported us for over 50 years, and we hope this funding will go some way to supporting the essential work being delivered.”

The council says the funding will support existing community and voluntary groups in Moelfre and the Twrcelyn and Talybolion wards. It will also be used to buy material for special activity packs supporting mental wellbeing.

Council leader Llinos Medi said while the grant would help the north of the island, they were still making ‘every effort’ to ensure parity in other parts of Anglesey.

She added: ”The funding will, of course, be put to good use as we work with community partners and volunteers to ensure local communities are as resilient as possible in light of this terrible Coronavirus pandemic.”

In February, the council launched its own regeneration fund for North Anglesey, offering grants to support local events and make environmental improvements to the area.

The NDA gave £495,000 to the county council towards its local regeneration plan, in the wake of the decision to suspend Wylfa Newydd and the closure of the REHAU plastics factory in Amlwch with the loss of around 100 jobs.

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