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Communities get cash boost

Communities and good causes around Magnox sites benefitted from over £730,000 in funding during 2017/18 from the company’s socio-economic scheme.

The scheme helps to build sustainable communities around former nuclear power stations, and mitigate the impact decommissioning those sites has on the surrounding communities.

During the year Magnox supported 143 different organisations across the UK with everything from football kits and careers fairs to helping new businesses grow.

Opportunities for employment, skills training and volunteering were created on Anglesey as a result of a £150,000 award for a chapel conversion project, and the Môn Communities First Academy will continue to provide employability skills to individuals across the island thanks to a £300,000 donation to be received over three years.

The Science,Technlogy, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Gogledd project for North West Wales received over £200,000 over a four year period to work with schools and industry to encourage take up of these subjects for future generations.

Further south on the Romney Marsh in Kent, the Romney Resource Centre received over £38,000 to provide training for those over 19 years of age to achieve the necessary qualifications and skills to gain employment, whilst £60,000 has funded a feasibility study for the provision of an Enterprise Centre in the Maldon District.

Nigel Monckton, Magnox Socio-economic Manager said “Although we are not directly accountable for regeneration in the areas around our sites, the scheme is an important piece of the jigsaw. Last year match funding for the schemes we were involved with provided a further £2.3 million in support of our local communities. This equates to every £1 invested by the Magnox Socio-economic Scheme securing £8 leverage from other sources.”

To find out more about the Magnox scheme and see if you are eligible to apply for funding please visit www.magnoxsocioeconomic.com