A WALES-WIDE programme that boosts mental and physical wellbeing by connecting communities with their local heritage has awarded a grant to a group in Cadxoton

Cadw – the Welsh Government’s historic environment service and The National Lottery Heritage Fund teamed up to launch the 15-Minute Heritage programme in September.

It was in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and awards of between £3,000 to £10,000 were available for applicants who could inspire people to take a greater interest in their local places.


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Valeways in Barry’s ‘Hidden History of Cadoxton project has had a £8,600 grant.

Paul Hawkins, of the Hidden Histories of Cadxoton project, said: “This project is designed to make the people of Cadoxton especially the children aware of the heritage of Cadoxton.

"It is also designed to bring the people of Cadoxton together to make improvements to the area and to instil a sense of pride in their past.”

The 15-Minute Heritage grant programme is based on a concept called the 15 minute city where everyone can meet most of their needs within just a short walk from their home.

Staying close to home is something many of us can probably identify with because of our experiences during the pandemic and the 15-Minute Heritage programme builds on that.

It aims to help people strengthen the connections they have with their surrounding environment through ideas such as creating new walking trails; window displays; digital resources or interpretive panels.

The programme has also encouraged the groups involved to look at heritage through different lenses such as heritage between generations, ethnicity or a shared or specialised interest.

Deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas said: “15-Minute Heritage makes us realise that heritage isn’t just found in places we travel to visit, but is also in the streets and green spaces that are literally on our doorsteps.

“I am delighted that Cadw has been able to work with The National Lottery Heritage Fund to support so many projects that are finding new ways to connect people to heritage in every part of Wales.”

Director of The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Wales, Andrew White said: “We’re all probably more aware of our local areas of late and local heritage – whether that’s a building, a landmark, a nature reserve or even our local shop, is important because it helps create and shape our communities.

“Connecting with our heritage is also good for our wellbeing and thanks to National Lottery players and our partnership with Cadw we have been able to encourage a diverse range of people right across Wales to get out and about to explore and re-discover their local area.”