Local News & Archive, RWE – Renewable Energy in North Wales — May 31, 2016 at 12:55 pm — Updated: May 31, 2016 at 6:51 pm

Double wind farm whammy for Abergele Community Action Group. 

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Abergele Community Action (ACA) Group is delighted to have secured finance for the next five years thanks to Gwynt y Môr community fund.

ACA supports people that are, or are at risk of becoming excluded from mainstream opportunities. Its centre for operations is based at Itaca cafe at Hesketh House, Abergele. The voluntary organisation offers an informal community based intervention through a community based programme. It provides training and training spaces, a digital media facility, money and benefits advice as well as a Foodbank.

Thanks to funding ACA will be able to continue and further develop its work in the community. A project manager is currently being recruited to look after all the businesses elements of the group’s running.

Linda Tavernor from ACA said:
“We are really excited about this next phase in our programme. Our success at securing a really significant sum of £141,191 from the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind fund which will allow us to recruit a full time employee to manage all the business aspects of ACA for the next five years. Now we can plan  for the future with more certainty and make sure the services we are offering really meet the needs of the vulnerable people we support.

The project has already benefited from £40,000 in grants from the Rhyl Flats Wind Farm community fund to cover some small capital improvements to the buildings and towards the salary of the Foodbank manager over 3 years

ACA serves communities from Abergele through to Kinmel Bay and the rural areas of West Rhyl, Llanfair Talhairn and Llansannan. Last year the Food Bank alone issued 918 vouchers.

Katy Woodington from RWE Innogy UK – the company which built and operate the wind farm said:
“In setting up the Gwynt y Môr fund, our consultation highlighted training and job creation as one of North Wales’ specific needs. It is great to see the funding up and running and going directly towards a full time skilled job that will also bring really significant wider benefit to the community, and hopefully bring even more people closer to paid work.”

The full time post for this position is now live. For more information visit http://www.itaca.org.uk/

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