AN ECO group has been awarded almost £100,000 from the National Lottery to help it through the affects of the coronavirus crisis.

Partneriaeth Eco Dyffryn Dyfi Eco Valley Partnership, based near Machynlleth, will encourage and enable people to be more active in the outdoors using social prescribing and addressing access and travel issues.

Working in partnership with Coed Lleol Small Woods Wales the project will improve mental and physical health and wellbeing.

They will receive £99,935, over two years which will cover staff, overheads, training, travel and marketing.

It is part of an announcement by the National Lottery Community Fund confirming a further £1.8m in funding, for 68 community groups, supporting people up and down Wales to recover from the impacts of coronavirus.

Thanks to National Lottery players, millions of pounds have been made available to support communities during the Coronavirus crisis and beyond.

Organisations are determined to continue to work with their communities safely and are looking at creative ways to move forward.

John Rose, Wales Director of The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Behind the scenes we are continuing to work alongside the other funders to ensure that we can provide a safety net for all the communities that need it as we move into the Autumn and Winter of this strange year.”