Conwy News, Regional News — April 10, 2017 at 1:21 pm — Updated: April 10, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Community projects in Conwy get funding boost


10 April 2017
Three projects in Conwy have received a boost after being awarded a share of more than £38,000 community funding from Rhyl Flats, an offshore wind farm operated by Innogy Renewables UK Ltd.
Tenovus Cancer Care will receive £24,000 over three-years to support their Rhos on Sea Sing With Us Choir. The Sing with Us choirs are underpinned by evidence displaying their positive benefit for cancer patients and their families.
Horeb Methodist Church in Colwyn Bay will benefit from £5,219 to invest in its Community Hall refurbishment project. The hall is used by a variety of local community groups and is in need of renovations to enable residents to utilise the facility to its full potential.
Benefits advice Shop has been awarded £9,217 for its ‘Social Security Tribunal Representation’ project. The scheme provides guidance for vulnerable clients including those with sensory impairment, learning disabilities, mental and physical disabilities from the start of their claim up to Tribunal Representation.
Other community or voluntary groups, charities, and town and community councils in specific  areas within Conwy are being encouraged to apply to the Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm Community Fund, which is administered by the Welsh Government and provides grants of between £2,000 and £10,000.
Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant said: “The Rhyl Flats offshore Wind Farm Community Fund has already supported many projects which are at the very heart of the local community.
“The latest projects to benefit are making a real difference to people’s lives and I am pleased to announce funding for them.
“I would encourage all community groups interested in applying for support to find our more about the fund.”
Katy Woodington, senior community investment officer at Innogy said: “Community Funding from wind farms is both long term and sustainable.  Innogy operate three offshore wind farms in North Wales. Last year alone these projects invested a total of almost £1 million into the local area through community funds and Clocaenog Forest onshore wind farm could bring a further £750,000 to the area, per annum, once operational.
“Renewable energy projects like Rhyl Flats not only generate clean energy but also provide a reliable support system for communities which keep making a positive difference year on year.”
Horeb Church Community Hall Refurbishment Organiser Ken Owen said: “The grant from The Rhyl Flats Community Fund along with the support of the Welsh Government has enabled us to maintain our provision of Horeb Church Hall for use by and to be available for the local community along with private individuals alike.  Without this backing, its continued use for this purpose would have been in doubt.  Our Managing Trustees are delighted with the results of advancing our renovation project and application through this Community Grant Scheme”.  
Claudia McVie, Tenovus Cancer Care chief executive, said: “We are extremely grateful for the funding that we have received from Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm Community Fund towards the running of the Tenovus Cancer Care Rhos on Sea Sing with Us choir. The choir plays a hugely important role in the community, offering support and friendship for anyone affected by cancer in a very welcoming environment. This funding will make a real difference to the lives of cancer patients in Conwy and their loved ones.”
Barry Speake of the Benefits Advice Shop said: “We’re pleased to have received this grant which enables us to provide importance assistance to people in the designated wind farm areas within Conwy County with a Specialist Appeal and Tribunal Representation Service.”
If you are interested in learning more about applying for funding please e-mail Siwan Williams on for further information.


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