Recycle4Charity – Pembrokeshire Care Share & Give
Pembrokeshire Care Share & Give are a non profit charitable organisation that Recycle4charity. Their aims are to contribute to the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment in Pembrokeshire by recycling waste which would have otherwise gone to Landfill. The scheme educates the public in Pembrokeshire about recycling and waste management through a programme of talks, seminars and workshops. They provide recycling opportunities to the public, businesses and educational establishments.
They fundraise from recycling and donate to those in need such as youth, the elderly, those with ill health or a disability or those with a low income as well as animal welfare charities, local community and charities.
Grants and donations are provided to individuals or to charitable organisations supporting those in need. Pembrokeshire Care Share & Give has helped a large amount of charities and individuals such as raising £1000 for a local hospice, £1000 for a local school girl who needed an operation in America and providing many more donations to individuals, charities and donations for local Fundays.
More than 120 shoe boxes full of gifts have been sent to the Armed Forces to date, over 15 boxes of essential clothing donated to our homeless and over £200 of food and clothing and toy donations to the local foodbank. Pembrokeshire Care, Share & Give has made a huge difference to the local community in Pembrokeshire.
The project receives no external funding, but has gained support from members of the public, some local businesses, charities, schools and nurseries as well as becoming runner up volunteer of the year 2016 in Keep Wales Tidy awards.
Pentrebane Zone, Cardiff
Pentrebane Zone is a community and volunteer led charity that took on Cardiff’s first community asset transfer to open and run the only community centre in one of Wales and Cardiff’s most deprived council estates. Residents response to the lack of venues, services, and inspiration to bring around positive change to self and the community. Since opening, the zone has worked with volunteers and the community to run a community café, provide training, develop enterprise opportunities, provide family fun cooking and gardening sessions and open a community wood workshop for all ages. The zone also provides a self-sustaining community food provision five days a week, to help individuals and families have access to food in harder times. This is done through running a a community garden growing fresh fruit and veg and providing a centre for hire for private,public, third sector and community organisations. This helps local businesses and public sector organisations to operate and connect in the community. The project is run entirely by local volunteers working in partnership with local people to develop, ideas, projects, provide support and apply for funding. The charity has changed lives and been the lifeline that many have needed.
Pentrebane Zone is comprised of over 200 hundred participants with 20 volunteers and board of 12 individuals. The organisations works in partnership with Sam Holt from EggSeeds and Project 2020 – Spencer Huggins.
The Development of Pontyberem Park – Pontyberem Community Park Association
The Pontyberem Community in the face of the closure the park decided to take on the management of the facility in order to keep the park open. The Park Association was set up as the group that would oversee the running and development of the park. At the time of the transfer the park had suffered from lack of investment and was in poor condition, an underused facility set on a 11.5-acre site in an ex mining village, now in an area of multiple deprivation. The children’s playground was sparse with a disused paddling pool and rusting swings and seemed to evidence the lack of hope and aspiration for youngsters. Disabled children were unable to use the facilities in the park and were further excluded from their friends and peers. Access to a nearby play park is 8 miles away and difficult to reach by public transport. A whole park approach was undertaken which included the planting of wild flowers and daffodils, the draining of the playing fields and the erection of a fence along the river bank to keep the children safe. Establishing the community group to save the park has not only ensured improvements to the park, but its fund-raising endeavours has brought the community as whole together, organising events throughout the year, promoting outdoor sport an activities. It has developed community cohesion and ensured that the village becomes ambitious and has a positive future.
The project was run by volunteers who applied for grants to pay for the park. Grants were provided by Section 106, Tesco Groundworks, Greggs, Welsh Church Fund, CISWO, Tarmac, Awards for All and Millennium Fund. Volunteers worked closely with local businesses, schools, the police and local sports clubs in the park development. Volunteers also worked with Carmarthenshire County Council taking advice firm their legal department on the purchase of the playground and development and also worked in collaboration with a supportive community council.
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