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Social care providers to receive £1 million Foundational Economy funding boost

Thursday October 31st, 2019

An apprenticeship scheme in the social care sector in Monmouthshire and the development of a specialised autism centre in Nantgarw are among 12 social care projects set to share more than £1 million from the Welsh Government to test new ways of improving and transforming the everyday parts of Wales’ economy.welsh_valleys_451911Med
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan made the announcement on a visit to one of the projects awarded funding – Drive, an organisation based in Nantgarw which supports people with learning disabilities.

The 12 experimental projects have been awarded funding from the Welsh Government’s Foundational Economy Challenge Fund because they have potential to make a real difference to people’s lives. The Fund is for innovative projects which explore new ways of supporting foundational economy sectors such as social care.

The Foundational Economy is made up of the everyday goods and services we all use and need. Wales is the first country in the world to embrace the ‘Foundational Economy’ approach, which is being taken up by cities and regions across the world.

The Welsh Government’s Foundational Economy Challenge fund aims to drive prosperity throughout Wales and reach out to those communities across Wales who are feeling disengaged and left behind. As a result of the quality of applications to the fund, its budget for the whole of Wales has been almost trebled to over £4.5 million.

Drive has been awarded £75,000 from the fund to develop an existing project into a centre for people with Autism. The funding will also offer specialised training for learning disability nurses so that they can learn about supporting people with autism, including those who can challenge services.

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