The economy cabinet secretary Ken Skates announced the funding boost last week

Welsh cultural inclusion scheme gets £125,000 boost

Geraldine Kendall Adams, 05.07.2016
Fusion programme set to expand its reach
The Welsh government has awarded an additional £125,000 to the Fusion: Tackling Poverty through Culture programme.

The funding boost was announced by the economy secretary Ken Skates last week during a visit to Amgueddfa Genedlaethol y Glannau (the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea), which is running a Fusion project for young people.

Launched in 2015, the scheme offers people from disadvantaged areas new opportunities to engage with culture and heritage, while at the same time encouraging cultural bodies to increase the impact they have on the lives of individuals and communities.

The extra money will enable Fusion to expand its reach, increasing the number of Pioneer Areas that receive targeted funding from six to 10. The four new Pioneer Areas are Flintshire, Caerphilly, Conwy and Carmarthenshire.

Skates said: “I am delighted we have been able to extend Fusion to four additional areas and would stress that creating skills and jobs growth opportunities, protecting our heritage and finding new ways to inspire communities remains a top priority for this government.”
Fusion’s cultural partners include Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales) and the Kids in Museums charity, which has announced that it will run its annual Takeover Day in Wales on 10 November this year with support from the programme.
The scheme builds on the recommendations made in Baroness Kay Andrews' 2014 report on culture and poverty in Wales. To date, more than 1,500 people have participated in Fusion-funded activities, including volunteering opportunities, confidence-building exercises, and accredited courses and training programmes.