FUNDRAISING NEWS: Diana fund awards start-up cash to a Welsh youth forum

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund has awarded more than £200,000 to a Welsh advocacy project.

The West Glamorgan Forum plans to use the money to fund a new scheme for 16 to 25 year olds with learning difficulties. The Voices and Choices campaign will launch in October and aims to help young people make independent decisions about their future.

"Advocacy projects such as our Voices and Choices project have the potential to make a real difference to young people across Wales,

said Adele Gilmour, chief executive at the West Glamorgan Forum. "This money will completely fund the project for three years which will allow us to look for additional income to ensure that the scheme continues."

The forum also plans to approach the National Assembly about future advocacy projects.

The cash will allow the organisation to develop self-training courses for adults in the Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot areas.

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