The Cyfenter Fund, launched in 2012, provides financial investment of up to £75,000 to new and developing Social Enterprises to deliver new products or services. Such investment is aimed at creating services that meet unmet community needs or address market failure, and assist enterprises in achieving their potential as viable and sustainable businesses in the economy of North West Wales. Funding for the £4 million project has been provided through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the local authorities of Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Gwynedd.
Since its launch, the Cyfenter Fund has assisted more than 50 Social Enterprises in delivering new services across North West Wales. Projects include community shops, tourism initiatives, elderly and domiciliary care services, recycling and reuse enterprises, the transfer of assets such as leisure and community centres from local authorities to community enterprise. Sectors supported include social care, leisure, education and learning and environmental services. A summary of the Cyfenter project portfolio is being developed and is available as part of this website (see below and the approved projects page).
Current Cyfenter funding ends in 2015, with the aim being to secure additional funding to enable future investments to be made in the Social Enterprise sector. If you have a project idea, you can forward your details to us through the form on the Project Proposal page. Updates will be posted on the News page as information becomes available. You may also wish to follow us on Twitter at Cyfenter. If you wish to discuss a potential project, please get in touch with us, details are on the Contact page.
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Cyfenter Approved Projects
This section includes a summary of Cyfenter projects approved across the four counties of Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Gwynedd since the project was launched in July 2012. Projects have been categorised by county, and include details of the organisation together with details of services supported through Cyfenter. This information is in the process of being developed to reflect a growing caseload of projects, and will be updated as information is gathered and projects are delivered.
Holyhead Sea Cadets ~ Bunkhouse Accommodation, Holyhead
Holyhead Sea Cadets, formed in 1942, was created to give young people instruction within the naval field.
Cyfenter funding has been used alongside other funding to refurbish and modernise a self-contained building to create bunkhouse style self-catering accommodation. The bunkhouse sleeps 25 people and aims to attract outdoor pursuit groups and youth organisations.
Holyhead Sea Cadets, Newry Beach, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 1YA (01407) 764447
Beaumaris Leisure Centre
Canolfan Hamdden Beaumaris was set up as a Social Enterprise in 2012, with the aim of supporting the transfer of a leisure centre run by the Isle of Anglesey County Council to a new community enterprise.
The community enterprise officially celebrated the opening of the centre in June 2013, and offers a comprehensive range of activities promoting sport and leisure, the arts and community events within a vibrant multi-use facility. Activities include yoga, pilates, gymnastics, art and drama workshops, antiques fairs, comedy acts and tribute bands, alongside providing a venue for events such as the Beaumaris Arts Festival.
Canolfan Beaumaris, Rating Row, Beaumaris, Anglesey, LL58 8AL (01248) 811200 www.canolfanbeaumaris.org.uk
Friends of Swtan ~ Expansion of Heritage Centre Activities
Friends of Swtan was established in 1998 with the aim of restoring and preserving the ‘last’ thatched cottage on Anglesey. It was opened to the general public in 2000 as a heritage museum and visitor attraction telling the story of traditional rural life in the 1900’s, giving an educational experience of the culture and heritage of the period. The centre has recently been extended to offer more space for heritage activities.
Cyfenter funding is being used to help the enterprise expand its activities, to maximise the use of the newly available space at the centre. Services will aim to develop the visitor experience and generate new income, with educational programmes developed alongside a calendar of events, classes and demonstrations.
Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust ~ Copper Bins Heritage Centre, Amlwch Port
Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust was established in 1997 with the aim of conserving, interpreting and managing the unique maritime and industrial mining heritage of Amlwch, the ‘Copper Kingdom’, to promote public enjoyment and understanding of the local area.
Cyfenter funding is being used to support the running of the new newly established Copper Bins Heritage Interpretation Centre. Based in Amlwch Port, the centre offers services to the general public, schools, universities, and various interest groups. Activities include a permanent exhibition, lectures, art displays and community events, and utilisation of the centre as a base for guided tours.
(01407) 830298 www.copperkingdom.co.uk
Menai Bridge Community Heritage Trust ~ Princes Pier Heritage Centre, Menai Bridge
Menai Bridge Community Heritage Trust was established in 1997 with the aim of promoting the history, heritage and outstanding natural beauty of the Menai Straits, its two famous bridges, and the story of its people over the last centuries. It currently operates the Telford Centre in Menai Bridge, housing a collection of artefacts and archive material, and has recently received museum accreditation.
Cyfenter funding has been utilised in parallel with a larger funding package to develop a building on the Menai Bridge waterfront; Princes Pier, into an all-weather Heritage and Education Centre.
(01248) 715046 www.menaibridges.co.uk
Tudur Cyf - Ebenezer Community Centre, Llangefni
Tudur Cyf was established in 2006 to address the need for a multi-use community centre in Llangefni. Ebenezer Chapel was purchased in 2013 with the aim of improving the quality of life for local communities by providing a centre that meets the area’s social and community needs.
Cyfenter funding has been used alongside other funding to substantially refurbish the chapel, purchase equipment and support wage costs in running the centre. Services include a multi-purpose hall, youth room, offices and other community space.
Canolfan Tudur Community Centre, Ebenezer Chapel, Bridge Street, Llangefni, Anglesey, LL77 7PN
Agewell Hwyliog Môn ~ Youth Clubs for the Over 50’s
Agewell was set up as a company limited by guarantee in 2012 to enable older people living on Anglesey and the surrounding area to live fuller and healthier lives.
Cyfenter funding is being used to support Agewell as a new Social Enterprise in developing into a sustainable organisation. Services delivered at centres in Amlwch and Llangefni will be supported to enable the enterprise to expand its membership base. Activities are aimed at promoting the physical and mental wellbeing of its members, and include keep fit classes, computer and welsh learner sessions, gardening, cookery and other social activities.
Agewell Hwyliog Môn, Memorial Hall, Market St, Amlwch, LL67 9ET (01407) 831 862
Agewell Hwyliog Môn, The Town Hall, Bulkeley Square, Llangefni, LL77 7LR 07554431146
Clwb Plant y Borth Kids Club
Clwb Plant y Borth Kids Club was created as a Community Interest Company in 2012 following the closure of existing afterschool provision, at Ysgol y Borth in Menai Bridge. The enterprise aims to provide safe, affordable and high quality after school and holiday childcare for the local community.
Cyfenter funding has been used to establish a new building in the grounds of Ysgol y Borth, Menai Bridge, to provide an after school and holiday club service to children aged 3 – 13 years. The building is of a timber frame design and can support provision for up to 24 children.
Clwb Plant y Borth Kids Club, Ysgol y Borth, Tyddyn To, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5DS
Môn Social Enterprise ~ Catering Hub & Café Ffynnon Cybi, Stanley Terrace, Holyhead
Môn Social Enterprises was established in January 2012 as a trading subsidiary of Agoriad Cyf, which is based at Porth Penrhyn in Bangor. The principal drivers of the enterprise are based on the needs of communities and those that are disabled or disadvantaged in the labour market. Môn Social Enterprises aims to increase the role of social enterprise in Anglesey in reducing unemployment rates for disabled and disadvantaged groups.
Cyfenter funding has supported the development of a catering hub in the town of Holyhead. The building includes a café, ice cream parlour and fully equipped kitchen. Facilities will support the enterprise in providing services to the local area including meals on wheels and a luncheon club for the elderly, and development of a high quality café and ice cream parlour in the town. The kitchen will also enable the enterprise to support its network of café’s in Bethesda (Caffi Coed y Brenin), Aberffraw (Llys Llewelyn) and Holyhead (Caffi’r Parc).
1 Stanley Terrace, Boston Street, Holyhead, LL65 1BY www.agoriad.org.uk
Môn Communities First ~ Business Support Services
Môn Communities First was created in 2012 as a company limited by guarantee and registered charity through the amalgamation of 4 long-standing Communities First Partnerships on Ynys Môn.The enterprise aims to regenerate the towns of Llangefni and Holyhead on Anglesey.
Cyfenter funding is being used to develop marketing support services to small businesses, including a loyalty card scheme for businesses on Anglesey. The scheme, branded as ‘Shop in Town’, includes a card that offers discounts at participating retailers, aimed at boosting footfall for local businesses.
Môn Communities First, 63 Market Street, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 1UN (01407) 762004
Llangefni Social Enterprise
Llangefni Social Enterprise Ltd was created as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2013. Its aim is to improve the economic vitality of Llangefni Town Centre through a range of initiatives including the development of an existing market.
Cyfenter funding is being used to support staff to develop the market in the town, and to engage in a range of marketing initiatives to promote the town as a destination for both local people and visitors.
Llangefni Social Enterprise, 5 Field Street, Llangefni, LL77 7EH
Anglesey Childcare Services
Anglesey Childcare Services, trading under the name of Kid’z’Ink, was set up by Communities First in Holyhead in 2003. The aim of the enterprise is to support residents in an economically deprived area around Holyhead and West Anglesey to get back into work through the provision of affordable and accessible childcare provision. Cyfenter funding is being used to support staffing costs in the expansion of services, to provide childcare at weekends and during school holidays and teacher training days. This has been coupled with refurbishment of the building to enable the enterprise to expand its operations offering affordable childcare.
Kid’z’Ink, St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Longford Road, Holyhead
Telephone: (01407) 762004 www.kidzink.co.uk
Cwmni Cemaes Cyf
Cwmni Cemaes Cyf was established in 1996 as a company limited by guarantee to promote the cultural heritage of Llanbadrig. The enterprise owns and manages Cemaes Bay Heritage Centre, which includes a heritage room, tearoom, tourist information, three offices and a computer workstation area. In addition the enterprise is involved in a number of community activities including publishing of a community newsletter ‘Cemaes Voice’, and management of the village website. The enterprise also manages a number of land assets including a five-acre woodland on the outskirts of Cemaes, and maintains the river Wygyr Valley on behalf of Llanbadrig Community Council.
Cyfenter funding is being used alongside other funding to refurbish and extend the existing heritage centre. This will create new space for hosting meetings, events and training activities, enhance the heritage exhibition at the centre, and upgrade the building to improve energy efficiency.
Cwmni Cemaes Cyf, Cemaes Heritage Centre, 36 High Street, Cemaes Bay, Anglesey, LL67 0HL
(01407) 710004 www.cemaes-bay.co.uk
Anglesey Agricultural Society
The Anglesey Agricultural Society was established in 1886 and incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 1980 to promote agriculture, horticulture, forestry and conservation. Activities include the annual Anglesey Agricultural Show in August attracting over 50,000 people over 2 days, and a winter fair in November.
Cyfenter funding is being used to upgrade facilities to enable the organisation to host caravan rallies.
Anglesey Agricultural Society, Anglesey Showground, Gwalchmai, Anglesey, LL65 4RW
Telephone: (01407) 720072 www.angleseyshow.org.uk
Menter Mechell ~ Siop Mechell
Menter Mechell was established in 2006 as a constituted community group with the aim of bringing the residents of the local area together to develop activities and facilities to enhance the welfare and cohesion of the Llanfechell village community. Projects include renovation and expansion of the village playground and football pitch, establishment of a thriving allotment association, and the creation of a vigorous village history society.
Cyfenter funding is being used to create a community shop, with postal and other services in the village of Llanfechell. Steps are in hand to create a new company structure as an Industrial and Provident Society to acquire and subsequently renovate the existing shop building, which faces onto the village square within the Llanfechell Conservation area. A community shop will then be set up and run as a social enterprise, provisionally titled ‘Siop Mechell’. The community shop will be designed to be both a commercially sustainable retail outlet, and a potential hub for a wider range of social and economic activities for the village.
Siop Mechell, The Old Post Office, Llanfechell, Anglesey, LL68 0RG www.llanfechell.info
Caban Kingsland was created as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2014, with the aim of providing structured, bilingual childcare services for children of pre-school age in the area of Kingsland in Holyhead. To open in April 2015, services will include a day-care service, which will be expanded to afterschool and a holiday club service.
Cyfenter funding is being used alongside a grant from the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places Programme to cover the cost of installing a modular building, including ground works and other set-up costs including equipment.
Caban Kingsland, Cyttir Road, Kingland, Holyhead, LL65 2TH
Holyhead and Anglesey Weightlifting & Fitness Centre
Holyhead and Anglesey Weightlifting and Fitness Centre was established in 2011 with the aim of establishing a range of strength and fitness services at facilities at Millbank Sports Complex, Garreglwyd Road in Holyhead. These activities are delivered in the interests of social welfare, in improving life conditions for local communities and enabling a healthier and fitter local population.
Cyfenter funding is being used alongside a grant from the Wales Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places Programme to improve and expand facilities at the centre. This includes the extension of changing / shower facilities for male and female members, the creation of a physiotherapy/soft tissue injury room, and re-development of training floor space and a reception area.
Holyhead & Anglesey Weightlifting & Fitness Centre, Millbank Sports Complex, Garreglwyd Road, Holyhead, Ynys Môn, LL65 1NS Telephone (01407) 763300 www.hawfc.co.uk
TAPE Community Music and Film ~ Digital Media Service
TAPE was established in 2008 with the aim of revitalising communities in Colwyn Bay through the use of creative arts. Based in a renovated church building in Old Colwyn, TAPE is involved in a range of film, music and public performance projects that aim to deliver training, confidence building and work experience to those furthest from the workplace. The project supported by Cyfenter is the development of skills in digital media to a range of beneficiaries to enable TAPE to offer services delivering training and publicity films to corporate partners.
TAPE Community Music & Film, Community Arts Centre, Berthes Road, Old Colwyn, Colwyn Bay,LL29 9SD. www.tapemusicandfilm.com
Acces3ability ~ Bean Timebank Service
Acces3ability was set up in 2011 with the aim of bringing together organisations with social purpose to engage in compatible activities. Work includes business support, evaluation and research, project management services and direct project delivery. A time-banking project is being supported through Cyfenter that will enable the creation of a time-bank service in North West Wales. Time-banking is a means of exchange used to organise activities and people where time is the exchange currency.
0845 673 2271 www.beantimebank.org.uk
CAIS ~ Porter’s Coffee Shop & Bistro
CAIS was established in 2007 to provide work experience, training and development opportunities to people across Wales affected by drugs and alcohol.
Cyfenter funding has supported the development of Porter’s Café and Bistro in Colwyn Bay. The Bistro forms part of a wider development of an historically important building on Station Road within the Townscape Heritage area of Colwyn Bay. The facility aims to provide work placements for persons receiving support to aid recovery, develop skills and aid in personal development. The building also includes training and development facilities and administrative offices.
CAIS, Porter’s Coffee Shop & Bistro, 41 & 43 Station Road, Colwyn Bay (01492) 523823 www.porterscolwynbay.co.uk
Colwyn Bay Watersports ~ Community Watersports Facility, Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay
Colwyn Bay Watersports CIC is a Community Interest Company formed in July 2012, set up in response to an identified lack of community watersports facilities in the county of Conwy. The aim of the enterprise is to offer services that meet community needs, but also offer courses at a commercial level to support the viability of the business. This includes courses in sailing, windsurfing and powerboating, as well as the hire of kayaking and canoeing equipment. At a community level, the enterprise will be working with schools to offer high level affordable watersports training with a view to helping young people into professional qualifications. The enterprise is also looking to host events throughout the year to support the watersports tourism sector.
Cyfenter funding has been used alongside other funding to purchase equipment to support the setting up of the facility.
Colwyn Bay Watersports, Porth Eirias, The Promenade, Colwyn Bay, LL29 8HH (01492) 437 177 www.colwynbaywatersports.co.uk
Golygfa Gwydyr ~ Community Tourism Enterprise
Golygfa Gwydyr, based in Llanrwst, was established in 2005 as a Company Limited by Guarantee. It was set up to support community activity, and develop skills within the local area with links to social forestry. Activities include creation of opportunities for volunteering and training, a job club, a food co-operative, and a woodland theatre and woodland management initiative.
Cyfenter funding is supporting the development of a community tourism enterprise, which aims to promote Llanrwst as a vibrant tourism destination. Themed tours are being created by establishing a network of community based businesses in partnership with the tour operator Celticos. The tours include a hill farming experience, historic churches, Conwy woodlands and scenic Conwy.
ALICE Ltd was formed as Company Limited by Guarantee in 2013, with the aim of promoting tourism, culture and leisure opportunities in Llandudno and Conwy County. Themed around the area’s link with Alice Liddell (the real Alice on which the Alice in Wonderland story is based) the organisation aims to highlight local history and the natural environment, and increase local pride and sense of place through community engagement.
Cyfenter funding is supporting the enterprise to develop a range of educational and tourism focussed services. This includes the design of an educational package working with schools, including educational workshops, creation of a mobile phone application and e-tour, support for street performers and performances, and promotion of Alice exhibitions and an annual ‘AliceTea Party’.
Llandudno FC in the Community
Llandudno FC in the community was established in December 2010 as a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee. The club’s aim is to support the development of a community hub to enable residents from the Tudno and Mostyn wards of Llandudno and surrounding areas to participate in activities to boost personal and employment opportunities.
The project supported by Cyfenter is part of a wider funding package to develop facilities at the club to incorporating a new 3rdgeneration (3G) pitch surface. Developments will enable the variety and usage of facilities to be increased and opening hours extended, to support a wide range of community run projects targeting disadvantaged groups within the community.
Conwy Borough Football Club
Conwy Borough Football Club CIC, based at Y Morfa Stadium in Conwy, was established as a Community Interest Company in 2012 with the aim of providing facilities for football, fitness and other leisure activities for the social welfare of the Conwy community.
Cyfenter funding is supporting the development of a new ‘Community Hub’ building at the Club, to provide a space for community social activities, including a bar and seating area, a kitchen for commercial and educational use, a classroom, meeting rooms and office space. The aim is for the new facility to increase participation in sporting activities, generate job and work experience opportunities and to support other community programmes through hosting sessions covering a wide range of themes including health and wellbeing, and managing personal finance.
Aberconwy MIND ~ Agor Social Enterprise & The Rabbithole Café & Wellbeing Centre
MIND is a national mental health charity concerned with the needs and rights of mentally distressed people and their families. Aberconwy MIND helps local people in the area of Conwy rebuild their lives through friendly support and an opportunity to share experiences.
Agor is a new social enterprise set up by Aberconwy MIND to create a health and wellbeing centre, including a healthy eating themed café at Trinity Square in Llandudno. Cyfenter funding is being used alongside Big Lottery funding to carry out refurbishment works, and support staff and marketing costs to establish the new enterprise.
The Rabbithole Café & Wellbeing Centre, 3-4 Trinity Square, Llandudno, LL30 2PY
Penmaenmawr Community Support Group ~ Penmaenmawr Community Hub
Penmaenmawr Community Support Group was formed in May 2013, with the aim of safeguarding the library service in Penmaenmawr and developing the library building as a community hub.
Cyfenter funding is supporting the group in developing as a Charitable Incorporated Association, taking over the library building from Conwy County Borough Council to develop it as a community hub. Funding is being used to upgrade the building and existing facilities to enable the development of a wider range of services, and extend the building’s opening hours to meet the needs of the local community. Services will include a library, hosting of exhibitions of arts and crafts and meeting room space to facilitate the activities of local groups, clubs and organisations such as CAB, Shelter and Conwy County Borough Council in the delivery of outreach services.
Penmaenmawr Community Hub, Penmaenmawr Library, Bangor Road, Penmaenmawr, LL34 6DA.
Book of You CIC ~ App for Dementia Sufferers
Book of You was created as a Community Interest Company in January 2014. The aim of the enterprise is to benefit people with dementia, by helping them to produce life story ‘books’ with family, friends and carers, using an innovative tablet computer based application. The analogy is that it is ‘This is your Life’ meets ‘Facebook’.
Cyfenter funding is being used to support the enterprise in the development of the App to bring the service to market.
Menter Siabod was established in 2006 as a company limited by guarantee with the aim of promoting community services and local facilities within Dolwyddelan and the surrounding area.
Cyfenter funding is supporting the development of facilities including a multi-use room adjoining the primary school as a cinema, together with the marketing of a cycle trail linked to bike hire services.
Menter Siabod, Community Pavilion, Rear of Ysgol Dolwyddelan, Dolwyddelan, Conwy, LL25 0SZ
CREST Co-operative ~ Furniture Re-use Centre
Crest Cooperative was formed in 1998 with the aim of supporting disadvantaged people including people with disabilities and the unemployed in developing skills and moving into employment. Based in Llandudno Junction, the enterprise operates a number of recycling and re-use enterprises providing volunteering, training and employment opportunities to socially or economically excluded members of the community. The company runs a number of retail facilities in Llandudno and Llandudno Junction, selling refurbished furniture, white goods, clothing and other items.
Cyfenter is funding the setting up of a furniture repair workshop and retail facility in Colwyn Bay. The store, on Douglas Road in Colwyn Bay, has previously operated as a second-hand furniture store. This development will allow Crest to expand the potential for repair and renovation of furniture available for re-sale back to the local community. Cyfenter funding has been invested in the premises to provide suitable workshop and retail facilities.
Meithrinfa Derwen Deg Nursery
Meithrinfa Gymraeg Derwen Deg is a new social enterprise that has been set up supported by Menter Iaith Conwy, a voluntary body that promotes and develops use of the Welsh language at a local level. The new social enterprise has been set up with the aim of developing a new Welsh language nursery service for communities in the county of Conwy, from premises in Llandudno Junction.
Services include childcare between the hours of 8am and 6pm, a breakfast club, afterschool club and holiday club, accommodating children up to the age of 11 years old. The building is also available for wider community use after 6pm, with the intention to offer Welsh classes and social activities through the medium of Welsh. Cyfenter funding has been used to help with the set-up costs of establishing the nursery.
Meithrinfa Derwen Deg, Plas Tre Marl, Off Broad Street, Llandudno Junction, LL31 9HL
Rhyl City Strategy ~ Taste Academy Chef Training Restaurant
Cyfenter is supporting the Taste Academy, a chef training restaurant and café located along the promenade in Rhyl.
The Taste Academy has been set up by Rhyl City Strategy, which was established in 2008 to bring together the public, private and voluntary sectors to improve the delivery of support to the unemployed in Rhyl and the surrounding area.
G2G ~ North Wales LEGO Innovation Centre
Established in 2010 G2G (Good to Great) Communities CIC works with a range of third sector partners to deliver training and education to those furthest away from the labour market in some of the highest areas of deprivation in North Wales.
Cyfenter funding has been used to develop a LEGO ® Education Innovation Studio in Rhyl, open to the local community, schools, colleges, individuals, corporate clients and visitors to the area. The LEGO ® centre, based at the newly refurbished Bee and Station Business Centre in Rhyl offers individuals and other social enterprises opportunities for personal development, steps into employment and business growth.
G2G Communities CIC, Units 1 & 2, Bee & Station Business Centre, Bodfor Street, Rhyl, Denbighshire, LL18 1AT (01745) 334 482 www.g2gcommunities.org
Llanfwrog Community Association ~ Community Centre Cafe
Llanfwrog Community Association, based on the outskirts of Ruthin, was formed in 2008 with the aim of improving education in relation to leisure and recreation. The enterprise runs a community centre that provides space for leisure activities, and has a football field, a golf driving range, tennis facilities and a bowling green.
Cyfenter has funded the development of a café area for the centre, to provide additional facilities for users.
Llanfwrog Community Association, Mwrog Street, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1LE www.llanfwrogleisure.co.uk
South Denbighshire Community Partnership ~ Canolfan Ni Community Centre, Corwen
South Denbighshire Community Partnership was established in 2010 and is based in Corwen in Denbighshire. The enterprise aims to support activities which promote education, leisure, recreation and access to transport to improve the quality of life of local communities.
Cyfenter funding has been utilised alongside other funding to support the transfer of the building formerly known as the ‘Corwen Healthy Living Centre’ from Denbighshire Council to the community enterprise. Following refurbishment it was re-opened in September in 2013 and provides a multi-use community centre to the local area.
South Denbighshire Community Partnership, Canolfan Ni, London Road, Corwen, Denbighshire, LL21 0DP (01490) 266004 www.sdcp.org
Co-options ~ Share Care Co-operative
Co-options, established in 1989 with bases in Rhyl and Prestatyn, is a Social Enterprise that engages adults with learning difficulties in enterprising activities that have a positive social, economic or environmental benefit upon the communities in which they operate. Examples of activities include clothes re-use and recycling, recycling of cardboard and paper, cycle retail and repair, a café, bio-diesel production, market garden, and papier mache gift manufacture.
Cyfenter funding is supporting the development of a domiciliary care company – Share Care Co-operative – for people with learning difficulties and the elderly. Users will have an opportunity to be members of the co-operative, and able to influence and shape its direction. The business will have a strong emphasis on appropriate staff training that recognises the care industry as a skilled person-centred profession.
Co-options, 9 Victoria Avenue, Prestatyn, Denbighshire, LL19 9DF (01745) 851454 www.cooptions.co.uk
HWB Denbigh Youth Enterprise Centre
This project was originally developed through Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd (CTC), a Housing Association established in 1974 based in Denbigh. The Association recently merged with Cymdeithas Tai Eryri and, from April 2014, forms part of the Cynefin Group. The Group aims to provide high quality homes, excellent services and develop sustainable communities where people wish to live.
Cyfenter funding has been used as part of a broader funding package to develop a Youth Enterprise Centre for Denbigh – Hwb – in partnership with Denbighshire County Council, Coleg Llandrillo and Denbigh Youth Project. The aim of the centre is to provide young people with access to learning, enterprise and employment opportunities, and offer a community facility within the town. There are also six supported housing units as part of the development.
Grwp Cynefin, 54 Stryd y Dyffryn, Denbigh, LL16 3BW 0300 111 2122 www.grwpcynefin.org
Cwrw Ial Ltd was formed as a company limited by guarantee in March 2013 in Llanarmon-yn-Ial, a rural village on the edge of the Clwydian Range. The enterprise was developed through links with a number of other community enterprises in the village including the Raven Inn, and Llanarmon-yn-Ial Community Shop. Its aim is to develop a microbrewery that puts Llanarmon-yn-Ial on the map, supporting community enterprises and other local businesses in the area. The enterprise will use any surplus to support local community projects and aspires to develop a centre for learning in ale production. Cyfenter funding has been used to set up the micro-brewery and purchase equipment.
The Llangollen Railway Company was established in 1975 to support the restoration, preservation and operation of the Llangollen Railway for the benefit of the public. The railway runs over a distance of approximately 8 miles from Llangollen to Carrog.
Cyfenter funding is being used alongside a broader funding package to extend the railway from Carrog to Corwen, a distance of just over two miles. A new platform station will be developed at Corwen East, aiming to support an additional 100,000 visitors to Corwen each year.
Llanarmon-yn-Ial Community Shop
Llanarmon-yn-Ial Community Shop was established in 2013 as an Industrial and Provident Society to prevent the only village shop from closing in Llanarmon-yn-Ial in Denbighshire. The enterprise proposes to revitalise the shop and reverse the decline in its fortunes that has occurred in recent years.
Cyfenter funding will develop the business into a vibrant and sustainable village shop, serving the three villages of Llanarmon-yn-Ial, Eryrys and Graianrhyd as well as nearby isolated farms. A delivery service is planned within a five-mile radius, targeted at members of the community who find travel difficult. Provisions may be ordered by phone, on-line or in person.
Gwesty Seren ~ Respite Care Hotel, Llan Ffestiniog
Gwesty Seren is a Social Enterprise created in 2012 by Seren Cyf, an enterprise based in Blaenau Ffestiniog that provides care and support for adults with learning difficulties.
Cyfenter funding has been utilised as part of a larger overall funding package to develop a Respite Care Hotel in Llan Ffestioniog. The hotel, set in attractive surroundings, offers 10 en-suite rooms specifically tailored to adults with learning disabilities, their families and carers. Care support services are available and facilities include a craft room, sensory room, hydrotherapy area and games room.
Gwesty Seren, Bryn Llewelyn, Llan Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 4NS (01766) 513133 www.gwestyseren.co.uk
Antur Stiniog ~ Siop Stiniog, Blaenau Ffestiniog
Antur Stiniog was established in June 2007, with a vision ‘to develop the potential of the outdoor sector in the Ffestiniog area in a sustainable and innovative way for the benefit of local residents and economy’.
Cyfenter funding has supported the development of a shop in the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, linked to a series of mountain bike trails. The shop offers a range of outdoor and mountain biking equipment, provides a link between the town and the trails, and will support initiatives to encourage local people to engage in the outdoor sector.
Antur Stiniog, Siop Stiniog, Units 1 & 2, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3ES (01766) 832214 www.anturstiniog.com
Seren Cyf ~ Drill Hall Furniture Centre
Seren was established in 1996 with the aim of providing a professional service for people with learning difficulties, to support participation and integration within communities.
Cyfenter funding has been used to purchase Drill Hall in Porthmadog, to develop a furniture re-use enterprise. The facility will re-furbish unwanted furniture and offer it for sale, whilst providing employment opportunities and support for persons with learning difficulties.
Seren Ffestiniog Cyf, Drill Hall Furniture Centre, Snowdon Street, Porthmadog, LL49 9DF (01766) 512512 www.serencyf.org
Lleyn Maritime & Heritage Museum
Lleyn Maritime & Heritage Museum was formed in Nefyn as a registered charity in 1977, to operate a facility for the benefit of the local community and visitors to the area.
Cyfenter funding has been utilised alongside other funding, including Heritage Lottery, to renovate the building at St. Mair’s Church in Nefyn to transform the Maritime and Heritage Centre. Facilities include the creation of a new exhibition, a café and shop. The centre will also enable the hosting of a range of community based activities and events including talks, film showings, concerts, and book launches. The Centre was officially opened in July 2014.
Llŷn Maritime Museum and Heritage Centre, St. Mary's Church, Stryd y Mynach, Nefyn, Gwynedd LL53 6LB (01758) 721 313 www.llyn-maritime-museum.co.uk
Menter Fachwen ~ Caxton House and Walk & Discover Project
Menter Fachwen was established in 1987 to support the inclusion of people with a disability into all aspects of community life to enable them to achieve their maximum potential.
The project supported by Cyfenter is to develop a range of community based activities at Caxton House, a recently purchased property on Llanberis High Street. The Walk and Discover project promotes the history and heritage of the village and surrounding area, working with local schools and other groups and individuals. The building also incorporates a shop selling Menter fachwen products, and to display work by local artists.
Caxton House, 52 High Street, Llanberis, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 4EU http://www.menterfachwen.org.uk/
Nant Gwrtheyrn ~ Event Hosting Facilities
Nant Gwrtheyrn is a centre based near Llithfaen on the Lleyn Peninsula that promotes the Welsh language and the interpretation of local history and heritage through courses, events and catering services.
Cyfenter funding has been used to develop facilities at Nant Gwrtheyrn to support the hosting of events including mountain biking, running and classic car rallies. The new facilities will enable events to be hosted at a scale that can accommodate national competitions, trade stands and other resources needed to support such events.
Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llithfaen, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 6NL Ffôn: (01758) 750 334
Odyssey Project Associates
The Odyssey Project was established in 1994 as a registered charity based in Tywyn, South Gwynedd to offers courses and support for people suffering from cancer throughout the UK. Its work involves the use of the outdoor environment and the arts to help adult cancer survivors overcome the emotional and physical devastation caused by their illness. Through various fundraising initiatives, donors and partnerships courses are currently offered at no cost to the participant, referred through healthcare professionals.
Cyfenter funding is supporting Odyssey Project Associates in developing a range of chargeable services to generate income to support the work of the Odyssey Project. Services include training, development and executive coaching tailored to organisations within the cancer support sector.
Glaslyn Wildlife is a new community enterprise that has been established to take over the running of an existing osprey visitor facility in Aberglaslyn, near Beddgelert. The enterprise aims to provide a high quality wildlife tourism experience supporting environmental education about ospreys and other wildlife in the Glaslyn area
Cyfenter funding is being used to develop the site, including the fitting of new high definition cameras at the osprey nest site, a reception cabin with viewing facilities, refreshments and sales point, site interpretation, and an educational and guided walks programme to support a high quality visitor experience.
Partneriaeth Ogwen was established as a company limited by guarantee in 2011 by community councils covering the areas of Bethesda, Llanllechid and Llandygai. The aim of the enterprise is to work in partnership in delivering community based services to support regeneration of the area.
Cyfenter funding has been used as part of a broader funding package to purchase a four-floor property on the high street in Bethesda. The aim is for ‘Siop Ogwen’ to act as a community service hub, housing services including a credit union, the police, a housing association, and a base for the three community councils. The building also includes meeting room space to facilitate activities by organisations supporting young people and older people, business mentoring, general advisory services and counselling services. There will be space for local producers to sell their products, and the two upper floors will provide accommodation / living space.
Siop Ogwen, 26 Stryd Fawr, Bethesda, Gwynedd, LL57 3AE (01248) 602 131
Plas Heli was established as a Social Enterprise in 2012 to operate a brand new Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre in Pwllheli. The £8million centre delivered through EU, Welsh Government and Gwynedd Council funding aims to develop a prestigious sailing venue delivering economic and community benefits to the local area.
Cyfenter funding is supporting the new enterprise in developing a programme of events and community activities to enable the centre to run as a sustainable business when opened in 2015.
Plas Heli Cyf, Yr Hafan, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 5YT (01758) 613 343
GISDA ~ Cinematic Mobile Cinema Service
GISDA was established in 1985 as a company limited by guarantee with the aim of supporting young people open to harm within local communities and improving their quality of life. Based in Caernarfon, the enterprise has over 30 employees and works on a range of projects offering support and development opportunities to young people.
Cyfenter funding has been used to develop a mobile cinema service – Cinematic – across Gwynedd. The aim is to provide rural communities across the county with access to such services, whilst supporting young people in their self-development as part of the delivery of the service. Activities will include screening of the latest films, hire at children’s parties, entertainment for private parties, public sports broadcasts at locations across Gwynedd, screening of educational films in village halls and schools, and facilitation of access to on-line training.
Antur Waunfawr ~ Extension of Facilities
Antur Waunfawr was established as a company limited by guarantee and registered charity in 1983. The organisation aims to support persons with learning difficulties in integrating into the community through a range of activities, training opportunities and links with local businesses.
Cyfenter funding is supporting Antur Waunfawr in the purchase of two buildings adjacent to the main site to extend its current facilities of offices, a cafe, two day care and training units, and two residential units. The increased space will enable Antur Waunfawr to offer a more comprehensive range of services catering for clients with multiple needs including therapeutic services.
URDD Gobaith Cymru ~ Glanllyn Facilities for Adults Groups & Conferences
Urdd Gobaith Cymru was established in 1922, is a company limited by guarantee and registered charity and employs 240 people across Wales. It aim is to provide young people with experiences through the medium of Welsh to aid in their personal development, supporting the development of well-rounded individuals able to fulfil constructive roles in society.
Cyfenter funding is supporting the URDD in developing facilities at their centre at Glan Llyn, near Bala to provide new services including conference facilities and high-quality accommodation to families, adult groups, conference and work-based training organisers. Improvements include the upgrading of 18 bedrooms, creation of a luxury lounge area, conference room, and small kitchen. The improvements will enable the Urdd to offer new services alongside their mainstream activities for young people, support the hosting of conferences in the local area, as well as provide a base for group training and team-building activities.
URDD Gobaith Cymru, Gwersyll Glanllyn, Llanuwchllyn, Y Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7ST (01678) 541000
Y Ganolfan Bryncrug Community Centre, Tywyn
Bryncrug Community Centre was formed as a company limited by guarantee in 2014, in response to the closure of Bryncrug Primary School in Bryncrug near Tywyn in South Gwynedd.
Cyfenter funding is supporting the development of the new community enterprise, through refurbishment of the school building to accommodate new facilities including a nursery and space for community activities.
Bryncrug Community Centre, Bryncrug, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9PY
Cwm Harry Community Land Trust
Cwm Harri Community Land Trust Ltd was established in 2003 as a registered charity and company limited by guarantee based in Newtown, Powys. The aim of the enterprise is to educate the public in the benefits of sustainable waste management, develop and encourage sustainable waste management practices, and conduct and disseminate research in the field. In 2013 Cwm Harri took over the management of Moel-y-Ci, a 390-acre working community farm near Tregarth in Gwynedd.
The site is home to Gwynedd’s largest allotment society, has the infrastructure for a commercial market garden, and site and permit for a green waste composting business.
Cyfenter funding is supporting the development of the Moel-y-Ci Local Food Hub, consisting of a community run cafe, shop and catering kitchen. The aim is to add value to local produce, bringing it to market allowing locals and visitors alike to enjoy the taste of North Wales.
Moel-y-Ci Environmental Enterprise & Education Centre, Lôn Felin Hen, Tregarth, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 4BB Telephone (01248) 602793 www.cwmharry.org.uk