Community Changemakers Fund Spring 2022
About the Fund
After the success of the initial Community Changemakers Fund, we have relaunched the grant fund again to continue supporting communities along the railway line to make change happen in their local places. We are passionate about supporting local people to improve their communities in innovative ways – small interventions that help create pride of place and promote well-being in the community.
Any group of local residents, community organisation, charity, community interest company or micro-SME that is based within 10km/6miles of a train station in South West Wales were able to apply. The assessment panel included members of the South West Wales Connected Steering Group and staff from Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services. Click here to see the funders that helped make these projects possible.
This round of the Community Changemakers Fund has closed. Congratulations to all of the awarded projects!
Thank you to our Project Funders
Neath Port Talbot
The Friends of Neath Abbey Iron Company were awarded £950 to obtain ladders to continue maintenance on the ironworks. The group have transformed the ironworks into an inspiring community space and heritage spot with Green Flag status. To continue with upkeep of the ironworks, the group require long ladders to continue clearing vegetation, preventing further degradation of the monuments, including the 70ft high furnaces and on top of the walls of the engine manufactory.
Port Talbot Sea Cadets were awarded £500 to carry out more community projects, such as events, litter picks, foodbank donation drives, information sessions on different topics and community networking opportunities. As part of the project, the cadet committee and cadets will be heavily involved in organising and running the programme of activities. This project would enable the cadets to take an active part in community life and make up for what was lost as part of the Covid lockdowns.
Neath Port Talbot Children’s Rights Unit were awarded £600 to support activities within the Girls’ Rights Group, which was established during 2020. The group consists of girls who meet on a regular basis have their voices heard on issues that are important to them and to highlight general issues that girls face that they would like to champion. The unit have identified the need to increase the frequency of the group meetings and activities after the positive impact this is having on their confidence and wellbeing.
Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust were awarded £500 to contribute towards a heritage area within the Goods Shed to allow the community and visitors to access their local iconic heritage asset. The Trust aims to transform the iconic Grade 11 listed former Llanelli Railway Goods Shed into a flagship social enterprise and Community Hub which will become a multi use facility addressing social, economic, environmental and cultural issues. The project will provide unique access to this heritage building at the heart of the community and will allow local people for the first time in Llanelli to be able to experience and understand the significance of a building which has been on their doorstep for more than a century.
social contact between members and visitors, will allow for shelter on match days with inclement weather and will enable basic refreshments to be provided. The facility will also help the club to better support community events, such as the annual village sports day and to potentially meet some of the additional needs that the community.