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Enterprising Solutions Newsletter – January 2018


 Newsletter January 2018

Enterprising Solutions Newsletter - January 2018


As we start 2018 and look back at our first 12 months, we have 30 projects signed up and have had nearly 90 enquiries.  We have completed our first round of events and we are busy planning for the next round.  Our co-ordinators are meeting with groups and our mentors are supporting them with their action plans.  For many of our groups the following is very true.

“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become”

As part of our support, groups can apply for specific visits to meet with fellow practitioners and learn first-hand from them before embarking on their own enterprise venture.

Avant Cymru went on such a visit in December. They met with 4 dance studios in Bristol to learn what facilities they can offer to help make them sustainable. They loved the idea of collaborating with local artists, businesses and community projects which some of the Bristol studios had successfully combined.

“The amazing thing is that the Bristol venues do this with energy, colour and with out of the box thinking.  The results are that walls become art space, tables become places to play, seats places you can swing on, pianos and unused items all accessible for sharing.”  Rachel, Avant Cymru.



Meet the Team

Delyth Vaughan Rowlands is our Entreprising Solutions Co-ordinator based mainly in Gwynedd. She’s working with two new ventures Yn y Gwyllt and Fundraver.

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The Energy Action Group (EAG)
When taking responsibility for a heritage or community asset, community organisations need to demonstrate to the local authority, potential funders and its own supporters that it has a viable long-term project with realistic future operating costs that allows for changing circumstances. The Energy Action Group (EAG) has in depth experience of managing the transfer of utility services (gas, electricity and water) for organisations taking over property portfolios or single buildings under Asset Transfer schemes.

Greggs Local Community Projects Fund
The Local Community Projects Fund awards grants of up to £2,000 to enable not for profit organisations to do something they otherwise couldn’t afford to. The funding is offered to organisations supporting people in need. Round 1 is now open and closes on 9th March with decisions being announced by 27th April 2018.

Children in need grants
The main grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years.

Make your electricity bill carbon neutral with YnNi Teg
Did you know that buying YnNi Teg shares can help you offset your electricity carbon footprint? For every £1 you put into shares in our YnNi Teg turbine, we’ll generate just over 1 kWh of zero carbon electricity per year. Our total construction costs were just under two million pounds, and we expect to generate just over two million kWh per year.

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Events round up

Wednesday 31 January, 6.00 – 8.00pm, Social Media Workshop
Social Media Training Workshop
• Beginners guide to social media
• Why social media is important to your organisation
• Which social media platform is right for you
• Making use of free tools
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Tuesday 23 January, Community-led housing: innovation and opportunities Cardiff

This Network Event will draw upon case studies of community-led approaches to housebuilding to highlight the benefits these models offer and ask whether a community-led approach can help create decent and affordable homes that are popular with communities.

Transport Innovation Network
Launching across Wales in January and February 2018, Transport Innovation Network is part of the “Connecting Communities in Wales” project being delivered by the Community Transport Association. This project is supported by the Welsh Government Rural Communities Development Fund – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, which is funded by the Welsh Government and European Union.

Transport Innovation Network Launch meetings


Wednesday 7 February, Fundraising from major donors, Newtown

This course will help you to understand how to successfully secure major gifts and give you the confidence and skills to approach wealthy individuals.

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