Organisations supporting Denbighshire and Conwy's unemployed are set to receive a funding boost.

Three charities in the two counties - The Down's Syndrome Association, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wales and Denbighshire Citizens Advice Bureau - are among 25 throughout the country that will get a share of £3.5 million from the most recent round of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action's Active Inclusion Fund.

The funding, backed by the Welsh European Funding Office, supports organisations that work with unemployed or economically inactive people to improve their situations and help them move closer to the employment market.

Darren Millar, the AM for Clwyd West, welcomed the news: “I am extremely pleased to hear that organisations in my constituency are among the 25 in the country set to benefit from this latest round of funding."

Of the £3.5 million, the Down's Syndrome Association will receive £55,859, the Boys and Girls Clubs £74,989 and the Denbighshire Citizens Advice Bureau £149,391 - a combined total of £280,239.

Mr Millar added: “The projects designed by these organisations will help lessen the disability employment gap, which makes disabled people twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people.

"Through breaking down the barriers to the work place, volunteering and training and supporting disabled people, these EU backed projects are helping people to realise that individuals with disabilities are more than just their condition.

“There are currently over 140 active projects across Wales with over 6000 individuals having already been supported. Of those, 649 have entered employment.”

The next Active Inclusion Fund round will open in August, for more information, or contact a member of the team