CoStars play leading role in turning Cwmbran community around

A Cwmbran social enterprise is at the heart of a project revitalising the lives of thousands of people living in one of the new town’s biggest communities.

The CoStar Partnership has turned Greenmeadow’s Threepenny Bit Community Centre into a vital hub since the charity was established 15 years ago, and been hailed as playing an ‘unprecedented’ role in reducing anti-social behaviour, building community spirit and pride and improving the health and wellbeing of residents. » Continue reading news item ... “CoStars play leading role in turning Cwmbran community around”

Llantarnam Grange to consolidate position as regional centre for arts

A Cwmbran charity is poised to cement its position as a regional centre for contemporary arts in South East Wales following refurbishments worth £100,000.

As well as revamping its café and extending its outdoor dining area, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre has also improved its craft shop, along with its meeting and conference facilities.

The work, which is aimed at boosting income to allow the centre to expand its  dynamic and innovative  exhibitions programme, was carried out with an award of almost £70,000 from the EU-backed South East Wales Community Economic Development (SEWCED) programme. » Continue reading news item ... “Llantarnam Grange to consolidate position as regional centre for arts”

Wheels 2 Work helping young Bridgend people on the road to employment

Young unemployed Bridgend people hampered in their search for work or training due to a lack of transport are being given a leg-up from a motor scooter hire scheme.

Bridgend Community Transport’s ‘Wheels 2 Work’ project is loaning the scooters to people in the county borough aged 17-25 who want to take up employment, training or volunteering opportunities but have difficulties accessing public transport.

Following an award of £2,660 from the EU-backed South East Wales Community Economic Development (SEWCED) programme for a feasibility study investigating the viability of such a scheme, South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael gave BCT a grant of £15,800 towards the purchase of six new Honda scooters. » Continue reading news item ... “Wheels 2 Work helping young Bridgend people on the road to employment”

Pioneering projects awarded for helping Wales lead the way

Community businesses helping make life better for people in Wales and beyond have been recognised for their groundbreaking work at a national awards presentation.

Five projects employing between them almost 100 people, turning over hundreds of thousands of pounds and providing goods and services to thousands of customers and clients picked up trophies at the EPIC (Enterprising People in Communities) Awards at the Vale Resort, Vale of Glamorgan. » Continue reading news item ... “Pioneering projects awarded for helping Wales lead the way”

SWITCH lights up pupils’ computer classes

A social enterprise set up to tackle digital exclusion in Blaenau Gwent by providing IT support to local businesses and residents is branching out into helping the next generation cope with future challenges.

SWITCH.uk.com, which is based at Llanhilleth Miners’ Institute, has been able to expand to a more educational role with local schools – thanks to awards of more than £36,000 from the EU-funded South East Wales Community Economic Development (SEWCED) programme towards the creation of two new posts. » Continue reading news item ... “SWITCH lights up pupils’ computer classes”