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The Prince's Countryside Fund logoTurn2us awarded Prince's Countryside Fund grant to help Welsh rural communities

Thanks to a grant awarded to Turn2us by the Prince’s Countryside Fund, people in financial need living in rural areas of Wales will be helped to access Turn2us tools and services through local events, intermediary workshops and volunteer training.


The Prince's Countryside Fund aims to safeguard Britain’s rural communities and economy.

Individuals and families in rural areas are often physically isolated with restricted economic and employment opportunities. They may also face personal barriers to asking for help with their finances.

This new Rural Wales Turn2us Project aims to build financial resilience in rural Welsh communities to relieve and help prevent poverty by providing access to Turn2us services to individuals and families, via intermediaries and peer-to-peer support.

Training and support on the confidential, free services from Turn2us will enable users to:

  • Check  welfare benefit entitlements
  • Identify sources of charitable grants
  • Find out about how to apply for help
  • Locate advisors to help them make informed financial choices.

Local events

Local events will be organised in local community centres, where individuals and families can access the Turn2us website – - for themselves.

Support from partner organisations, such as local advice organisations and credit unions, will also be available to help them do full financial health check to make sure they are making the best financial decisions, encourage self-sufficiency and financial sustainability.

Intermediary workshops and volunteer training

The Rural Turn2us project will also offer free intermediary training workshops for advisers, support workers and community volunteers in rural areas in Wales. This will enable participants to learn about and try out Turn2us tools and services, including the Benefits Calculator and Grants Search.

The project will also train and support Turn2us volunteers to promote and showcase Turn2us services to local organisations and communities in their part of Wales.

More information

The project will be delivered between September 2012 and June 2013 in countryside and coastal communities in Mid, North, South and West Wales where services are less easily available.

Dates for training are currently being finalised and will be publicised on the Intermediary Workshops page.

Turn2us will be working with existing and new partners in Wales to help deliver the project. Those who work or volunteer in advisory or support roles in rural areas of Wales and are interested in supporting the project, can contact Pat Cripps, National Officer for Wales, to find out more by email: or telephone: 01676 541 654.

Read the Turn2us press release about the Rural Wales Project

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