Local News & Archive, RWE – Renewable Energy in North Wales — May 31, 2016 at 12:57 pm — Updated: May 31, 2016 at 6:47 pm

Half a million pounds cash injection for North Wales.

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A further £383,000 has been pledged to north Wales communities from the community fund linked to the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm, which was built and is operated by RWE Innogy (UK). This brings the total amount invested in the area from the wind farm to over £½million since the fund was launched last June [2015].

In a time of austerity, 30 not-for-profit groups have benefited directly from Gwynt y Môr Community Fund. So far £65,000 of additional funding has also been unlocked thanks to the investments made via match funding, and this is expected to grow significantly as more and more pipeline projects are brought to the panel.

The fund is independently managed by Community & Voluntary Support Conwy (CVSC). Neil Pringle, Gwynt y Môr Community Fund Manager from CVSC said:

In this latest round of awards, some really significant investments have been made that have huge potential for the area. It is an exciting time for us and the area to start seeing the first large grants being awarded.

We know employment and training is a priority in North Wales, the fund is already starting to create real jobs. For example, Abergele Community Action Group have secured £141,191 from the Gwynt y Môr fund for a five year project, taking on a full time project manager to oversee and develop all aspects of its work supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the community. And they are recruiting now.”

Dangerpoint is another local charity helping to educate our young people about health and safety and keep them safe, it has secured £164,560 to work with schools across the area of benefit to fund educational visits to the centre.

Katy Woodington, senior community investment officer for RWE Innogy UK, said: “We are now beginning to really see the positive impact Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm community fund is making locally and I think this will only continue to strengthen.”

Organisation name

Amount
awarded

Notes

Ysgol y Foryd, Kinmel Bay

£3875.00

 Development of intergrated all ability playground for pupils and local user groups.

Llandudno Football Club

£9999.00

Development of wheelchair / motorised scooter stand / viewing area supporters with mobility issues.

Botanical Gardens Enterprises Ltd

£1715.07

Expansion of existing community garden / horticulture teaching facility and educating local community in healthy eating / growing own fruit and veg. – Good little scheme/ good news story

Book of You

£7500.00

Innovative partnership project to work with people suffering early stages of Dementia to help create an ebook of their life. Employing project co-ordinator to recruit / train Life Reminiscence Champions to work individuals across the counties, creating the Book of You. This pilot to be evaluated by Bangor Uni.

Cyffordd Llandudno Junction Trakz

£1,500.00

Contribution towards hosting an Arts/ History / Community festival in Llandudno Junction – partnership with N W Police / Pact and other agencies. Proposed annual event to bring community together for social and economic benefits

Prestatyn & Meliden Community Action Group

£9,850.00

Develop 1st North Wales Youth Film Festival with scope to work with other Youth Film Festivals across Europe.

Prestatyn Town Council – Community Allotment

£8,847.97

Work with DC Council in upgrading / expanding community allotments providing poly tunnel to extend growing season and option to grow other plants. Supported by horticulturalist

Wales Pre-School Providers Association

£9585.00

Pilot project. Support exiting Parent & Toddler groups through employment of Development Worker focussing on improved Governance issues, succession planning and establish 2 additional groups within Conwy area of benefit

North Wales Superkids

£25,000

25k contribution towards purchase of fully adapted static caravan to provide holiday / breaks for families at crisis point

Abergele Community Action Ltd

£141,191

5 yr project. Recruitment of Project Manager to oversee all elements of ACA work. Includes managing Food bank, Work Club, Benefit Advice Internet Café, Afterschool club, Adult learners Holiday programme outreach. Several new initiatives planned as consequence of funding

Dangerpoint – Part 2

£164,560

 Partnership project. Working with schools and community groups across counties providing educational visits to purpose built Film-set Teaching Centre . Only 1 other in the UK. Good PR potential

Gwynt y Môr Community Fund will invest £19 million into North Wales over its lifetime. Further information about the Gwynt y Môr Community Fund can be found by going to www.gwyntymorfund.cymru. Alternatively groups are welcome to contact CVSC on 01492 534091.

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