Create Your Space is a programme jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund (from money raised through National Lottery ticket sales) and dormant account money awarded from Welsh Government.

The programme was the first programme designed as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s new direction to be placing people and communities in the lead – that is, to put people and their communities at the heart of the projects that they fund.

The aim of the programme is ‘bring people together to help them shape and lead the transformation of their local natural environment’. The programme aims to make a real difference to people and communities so that:

  • People are fully involved in shaping the transformation of their local outdoor spaces and genuine strong partnerships have been formed between local people and organisations.
  • By enabling people to transform the way they view and use outdoor spaces, they will:
    • Have the confidence and ability to influence and get involved in decisions about their communities with more control over their local environment.
    • Have a greater understanding and appreciation of the value of outdoor spaces, in particular their contribution to health and well-being, and the potential for creating sustainable business, jobs and leisure opportunities.
  • As a result of the programme and what communities learn, they will have the confidence and desire to take further action, to get involved in activities that improve their local communities.

The programme was designed to incorporate the principles of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and wanted to fund projects that would make a lasting, sustainable impact to improve economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects of communities.

If you would like to know more about Create Your Space and get involved in some way, contact us in the first instance.