SIX North Wales charities are amongst 24 causes to be awarded a share of £117,000 funding.

Principality Building Society has awarded the money to groups that give support to young people in some of the most vulnerable and financially deprived communities in the country.

The largest building society in Wales received almost 100 applications and awarded grants of up to £5,000 each for projects for its Future Generations Fund that will encourage young people to prepare skills for their future world of work, personal finances, finding employment, and living more sustainable lives.

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Successful applicants in the region included Kidscape and Community Heart Productions from Flintshire, Nappy Collaborative CIC and Groundwork North who are based in Wrexham, as well as The Outdoor Partnership, and Abergele Community Action, both from Conwy.

Lyn Wakefield, manager at Community Heart Productions, said: "We're delighted to have received this grant from Principality Building Society, as we share the vision of creating a better future for young people.

"Our 'Growing Together' project will help to connect young people with nature, learn to grow their own food, develop skills and resilience and enhance wellbeing. We look forward to making a difference to young participants and helping the community to learn, grow and achieve."

Vicky Wales, chief customer officer, Principality Building Society. Photo: Huw John

Vicky Wales, chief customer officer, Principality Building Society. Photo: Huw John

Vicky Wales, chief customer officer at Principality said: "We are delighted to have made a long-term commitment to help educate young people about finance and prepare them for the future for almost a decade, and building on this with the Future Generations Fund is one of the biggest social ventures we have ever undertaken as a business.

"Our view is that leading businesses in Wales such as ourselves should be at the forefront in helping create a much fairer and inclusive society. It is impossible to do this alone and that is why we are proud that we will be able to collaborate with lots of community groups across the country who are doing such great work to help young people who need it most."

Richard Williams, chief executive of Community Foundation Wales said: "We are proud to be partnering with Principality, an organisation that shares our values and passion for strengthening communities in Wales.

"Community Foundation Wales has been building philanthropic support for communities and grass roots groups for over 20 years. In that time, we have worked with individual donors and businesses, and invested more than £30m into local Welsh communities.

"The Future Generations Fund is providing much-needed support for community groups and charities to have a positive impact on society and improve the lives of young people in Wales."