YnNi Teg Community Fund update, January 2018

Jeremy Thorp at Ysgol Meidrim

There are many reasons to support YnNi Teg and become a member, and one of our favourite reasons is the help our surplus funds are able to provide to other organisations within sight of our turbine.

It’s now a little over three months since we launched our share offer, and in that time we’ve had applications from three different groups for a grant from our community fund. These organisations were all successful in their applications and will be starting work on their respective projects in the coming weeks.

Here’s a little information about each of the applications we’ve approved.

Ysgol Meidrim

Ysgol Meidrim is a tiny primary school in Carmarthenshire with only 20 pupils. The school approached YnNi Teg for a grant to help build an outdoor learning area for its Foundation Phase class and an enclosure for this ‘outdoor classroom’, to help build a greenhouse, and to develop pupils’ physical skills outdoors.

The school was built over a hundred years ago and only has four classrooms, three of which are indoors and one outdoors. The school plans to use the grant received from YnNi Teg to build a further outdoor classroom, with direct access from the Foundation Phase classroom, for Foundation Phase pupils. This enclosed area will provide a safe outdoor environment for the children to study and play.

The school also requested help to buy the materials to build a frame for a greenhouse. The children will then build the greenhouse using recycled materials, and grow plants and vegetables which will be sold to parents and supporters of the school to help develop the children’s entrepreneurial skills.

The final part of the project will see a playground being built on the school grounds, with climbing equipment which will help to develop the children’s physical, academic, social and problem-solving skills.

Llanwinio Community Association

The Llanwinio Community Association (LCA) represents a number of community groups in the Llanwinio parish, including the Women’s Institute, Merched y Wawr, the Indoor Bowls Club and the Young Farmers Club.

LCA’s application is for funds to carry out repairs to Llanwinio Hall, a community resource which the group owns having successfully raised funds locally to buy the building when it was put up for sale by the local parish church group in 2017.

Repairs to the hall, which is used by many different community groups for a variety of events, will include replacing the kitchen roof and repairing and redecorating where roof leaks have caused damage inside the building. New disabled toilet facilities will be built, the kitchen facilities will be extended to create a drop in cafe/shop, new storage and office facilities will be built, and broadband will be installed for the use of the office and the community.

Meidrim Church Hall

The church hall at Meidrim is a community asset with performance and audience space, a kitchen and toilet facilities.

The building’s heating and electrical systems are antiquated and in urgent need of upgrade, which will involve rewiring, a new distribution board, new panel heaters and thermostat, and new lighting.

Carrying out this work will help to ensure the building meets health and safety regulations and can continue to be a valuable community resource.

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