COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & FUNDING: COVID-19 RESPONSE
Due for completion late Autumn 2020, I have been working, on behalf of a funder, with their grantees to assess funded project plans and adaptation needed as a result of COVID-19. Organisations supported include: several meithrin, family centre, community transport scheme, community lunch clubs and a credit union.
FEASIBILITY STUDY & BID WRITING: LLanllawddog Hall
Hosted a public consultation and undertook a feasibility study in Autumn 2019, to determine future opportunities for a beautiful 1930's community hall in rural Carmarthenshire.
Following the study, which made recommendations with regard to the long-term sustainability of the venue and its economic/social impact on the surrounding area, submitted a successful funding application for renovation of the building.
Their new facilities should be up and running by Summer 2020.
community finance & marketing: GRANNELL COOP
At the end of 2018, I worked with Grannell Coop to promote the community share offer for their wind turbine project. The group successfully raised over £260,000 and are due to begin construction soon.
funding: calon cymru network
The Calon Cymru Network is a community interest company formed for the purpose of encouraging sustainable rural regeneration projects along the Heart of Wales railway line corridor.
In order to support further community engagement and undertake a feasibility study, I created a funding options for the group and supported them with successful bids to Awards for All and RDP Sir Gar's LEADER fund.
The feasibility study was completed last year and the group are now moving forward with their plans.
Organisational governance: incredible edible carmarthenshire
Incredible Edible Carmarthenshire were supported to draft and develop a constitution. The constitution helped them formalise their organisation enabling them to apply for a bank account and funding. Since then they have grown from strength to strength, collaborating with community groups, businesses, schools, colleges and local councils to start and support growing projects run completely by volunteers.
COMMUNITY FINANCE: COMMUNITY ENERGY PEMBROKESHIRE SHARE OFFER
Developing a Community Share Offer prospectus and marketing campaign for a £1.4m community-owned wind turbine project. Launching November 2020.
FEASIBILITY STUDY: LLANPUMSAINT COMMUNITY SHOP
Hosted a public consultation and provided a feasibility study for a community group seeking to establish a community run shop in the village of Llanpumsaint. Uundertook a skills audit with the steering group to identify any skills gaps that needed to be recruited.
I took most of 2018 off to enjoy maternity leave :-)
COMMUNITY FINANCE & MARKETING: Tafarn sinc
Worked with the newly formed committee who wanted to buy their iconic local pub to develop a Share Offer prospectus and market the share offer to the wider community.
The venue is now owned and operated by the community and going from strength to strength.
governance, funding & consultation: ONE PLANET COUNCIL
The organisation needed to strengthen their governance, identify funding and partnership opportunities, consult with stakeholders and to prepare a funding bid to enable them to employ a project co-ordinator.
A review of their constitution was undertaken and a suite of accompanying policies produced. Following a funding options appraisal, a public survey was created to gather evidence and demonstrate support for their funding bid. On completion of the consultation, a successful bid to Awards for All was submitted.
procurement & funding: coeden fach community nursery
Following receipt of funding, the group needed support to design a tender for the commissioning of a feasibility study in line with the grant conditions and planned outputs.
A specification was written and submitted to Sell2Wales, followed by a further support and funding options appraisal.
community development: renew wales
For the past 4 years I have been a Mentor and, more recently, a Co-ordinator for Renew Wales.
Acting as a link between the community groups, mentors and central team, I support community organisations with action planning and signposting them to appropriate mentors and services.
As of October 2020 I will be working with groups in the West funded by the Lottery Community Fund to help them take action on climate change as part of the Climate Action Boost programme.
project management, funding & governance: RENEWABLE POWER PEMBROKESHIRE
As a Director of Community Energy Pembrokeshire, I've been kept very busy in 2019 working with the Board, Welsh Government Energy Service and Development Bank Wales to realise a sustainable energy project in East Williamston.
funding: TORTH Y TIR
Wrote the successful bid for over £100k funding from the Lottery's competitive Coastal Communities Fund for Torth y Tir's community supported agriculture project.
The organisation farm, mill and bake wood-fired, hand made sourdough bread and pizzas and are community owned and run. They share what they learn through their educational programs.
BID WRITING & MARKETING: CARDIGAN POOL
Prepared and submitted a Crowdfunder pitch page for the M & S Community Energy Fund competition.
Produced associated marketing materials, press releases and ran the charity's social media channels for the duration of the campaign.
They saw off stiff competition to win the £12k needed to install solar on their community pool.