Nine jobs created through awards to innovative projects

Nine new posts have been created by three Rhondda Cynon Taf social enterprises as the result of awards worth more than £120,000 from a regeneration initiative set up to help communities across the Valleys.

The EU-funded South East Wales Community Economic Development (SEWCED) programme has made the awards to an accountancy service, a community arts company and a childcare co-operative.

Pontypridd-based Community Accountancy Wales is a new social enterprise receiving £36,000 to help it provide accountancy services to third sector organisations, Artis Community/Cymuned – also in Pontypridd – has been awarded £54,200 to help ‘future-proof’ the business, and Treorchy’s Dylan’s Den has received almost £30,000 to help establish a playgroup and ‘wraparound’ service.

Supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and run by a six-Valleys local authorities’ consortium of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Torfaen, SEWCED has supported 32 social enterprises in RCT since it began in 2010, helping to create six new social enterprises and 23 full-time jobs.