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Renew Wales Co-ordinators - Cydlynwyr Adfywio Cymru


Renew Wales Co-ordinators - Cydlynwyr Adfywio Cymru

Highlights from time with Renew Wales - Uchafbwyntiau o'u hamser gydag Adfywio Cymru

At the Renew Wales co-ordinator training day, we got each of the co-ordinators to tell us what their highlight from working with Renew Wales had been.

Peter Draper said that it was actually his mentor work that had been most rewarding, when he was able to concentrate on specific tasks on a one-to-one basis with groups. Most of the work he has done as a co-ordinator has been with solar-pv. The most rewarding project he’s been involved in was with a working men’s club, who had no real knowledge about sustainable energy and just wanted to cut some costs. However, since working with them, as a group they have really thought about the wider implications and social values linked to the initial energy efficiency cost cutting techniques introduced.

Neil Lewis pointed to an occasion where he went to present to a community council who had been receiving lots of enquiries about fracking, energy efficiency, community energy etc. They were very confused about what to say, but Neil was able to help them understand and create a policy (which councils love) that they were keen to take on and spread throughout Wales.

Nina Finnigan claims to have really enjoyed the last 2 years with Renew Wales. She has worked with a wide variety of groups, including ex-offenders and flood defence training projects. Her highlight was working with a residence group in Maindy. They had identified food poverty as a major problem, but weren’t particularly aware or interested about climate change at this point. Nina helped them to set up a food co-op with FareShare for families on low incomes. It became a good hub for the community and Nina was able to share knowledge on wider implications with climate change and they have consequently become interested in other regeneration projects. It is so rewarding because it is still ongoing and developing.

Alison Fuller has mainly dealt with energy efficiency based projects. Often with community buildings, such as a big old church that needed its exterior to be developed and to be made warmer inside. Perhaps the best experience came when hosting energy advice sessions with a group of Cubs. It was challenging as they didn’t have a clue, but it went well and they took information home and then returned with work they had completed in the next session. It raised great awareness amongst them and families they had gone home to talk to about what they had learnt, which was very rewarding.

Ffion Jones worked with 4 groups, 2 of which brand new and based in Colwyn Bay. The groups were challenging to work with, but this made it all the more rewarding. One group she is working with in Holyhead is looking to set up allotment, which is an ongoing project that she is excited to be involved in.

Lynne Colston first set out to introduce solar to groups, but this was too much to handle or grasp for many of the smaller groups she was approaching. She decided to take a different approach to lighting as a result. The WRU asked her to look at facts & figures for the club and she demonstrated how they may be able to cut their costs. Similarly, Lynne went into schools and compared what energy was being used and what was left. She introduced the low carbon game to pupils, which has worked really well and raised awareness. Lynee came into Renew Wales as she wanted to look at renewables as a source of jobs, which she hopes will come by making people realise the importance for renewables by continuing to introduce them subtly as she has been doing recently.

Dawn Davies found the work she has done with Quest, who run an eco-lodge in Bridgend very rewarding as she has helped the community to feel a collective ownership of the building. They had initially struggled with funding for the building, when most of the board had just walked off. Three sisters who are very loyal to the project had been running it themselves. They changed the outside lighting, as they couldn’t work out how the energy bills were so high at around £30,000. Dan McCallum has helped out by completing a heating survey and Hugh Caswell has produced a lighting survey. They have since got solar power in and are looking to further develop their connection with the community.

Bethan Gritten works with a wide variety of groups e.g. nature reserves, eco-lodge, education opps etc. She has found working with Renew Wales so useful as it has provided great links between different projects she is working on. Bethan says that when she thinks of a mentor that might be good in a certain project, it is easy to get in contact with them and get them working on it soon after that. It has been very flexible working with Renew Wales, for example, as it is easy to get support on other projects that she has been working on. One nature reserve project that Bethan had been working on led to work on other projects & more feasibility around 2 different renewable projects. Working with and through Renew Wales builds resilience between different projects.

Ben Ferguson-Walker’s most rewarding project was probably with his local swimming pool. It has hit nearly every target on quite a substantial action plan and Renew Wales has been a great support in this, with lots of external interventions which has helped them along the way e.g. funding + assessments. Similarly to Bethan, Renew Wales has helped so much as there has been easy access to lots of different people with varying areas of expertise in a complex action plan. Another rewarding project was working with kids who struggle in schools. Took them outside and had a climate change theme – blowing stuff up, scrap-heap challenges with hydro projects etc. Ben says he’s had a fantastic 2 years and is really excited about the year ahead.

Gareth Ellis says that a lot of people who have contacted him have had a very clear idea what they want to do. One thing that has struck him, is that it is very difficult to find a distinction between co-ordinator & mentor. Group would meet, talk, but walk away with no action plan. He went to see a church group about energy efficiency – went well, but dropped out because it was lottery funded and they don’t believe in gambling. One project that Renew Wales has been a fantastic help in saving concerned a small animal welfare charity – Pony trust. He had spent 3 years working on this project, where they take in abandoned horses. It was moving towards the end of this project and a lot of people were dropping out, Gareth had to pick up this project and Renew provided a lot of help making sure it didn’t collapse with about 10-15% to go. Renew saved the day in a potential crisis.

Delyth Higgins has worked with 2 churches & another campsite with a Christian ethos. They were desperate to improved energy efficiency within their buildings and aimed to get a new heating system in start of year, which still hasn’t been materialised. It has been hard relying on other contacts, but the project is improving and the church building is linked to wider projects such as a food balcony & community garden. Delyth is really excited about Bikeability. Started off for disabled people, but now for all people. A mentor from Renew Wales has been brought in to provide support and a clear plan, which has encouraged people to step up and volunteer to do more work. She plans to provide more support to this group in the coming year.

Jenny Carlisle has been involved with EGNI. As well as a high-head hydro for a group, which needed business planning & financial assessment. She is quite focused on the technical group and it was refreshing to get an action plan and look at what the group can actually achieve. Important technical aspects are often left behind. Had help being a part of Renew Wales when a community building needed regenerating and Peter Draper was able to step in and provide assistance.

Dan McCallum has had requests for lots of groups over the years for solar-PV and hasn’t really been able to do anything about it. When Renew Wales developed, he went to buildings that had previously made requests. Dan was able to bring in various mentor support & set-up a co-op with Sharenergy, which was brilliant. Renew Wales provided Dan with the time to apply for funding for various factors that were key to pushing through schemes. Even community buildings that dropped out, had assessments and have started to think about how they could use solar-PV in the future. Couldn’t have happened without Renew Wales and EGNI has gone from strength to strength since being involved with Renew - even winning an award recently.

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Yn ystod diwrnod hyfforddiant cydlynwyr Adfywio Cymru, dywedodd pob un o’r cydlynwyr wrthym beth fu eu huchafbwyntiau wrth weithio gydag Adfywio Cymru.

Dywedodd Peter Draper mai ei waith mentora a fu’n fwyaf boddhaus mewn gwirionedd, pan oedd yn gallu canolbwyntio ar dasgau penodol ar sail un i un gyda grwpiau.  Roedd y rhan fwyaf o’r gwaith yr oedd wedi’i wneud fel cydlynydd wedi bod gydag ynni solar ffotofoltaig.  Y prosiect a oedd yn rhoi’r boddhad mwyaf y bu ynghlwm ag ef oedd gyda chlwb gweithwyr, a oedd heb unrhyw wybodaeth wirioneddol ynghylch ynni cynaliadwy ac eisiau arbed rhai costau yn unig.  Fodd bynnag, ers bod yn gweithio gyda nhw, maen nhw fel grŵp wedi bod yn meddwl am y goblygiadau a’r gwerthoedd cymdeithasol ehangach sy’n gysylltiedig â thechnegau arbed costau effeithlonrwydd ynni cychwynnol sydd wedi cael eu cyflwyno.

Cyfeiriodd Neil Lewis at achlysur lle’r aeth i gyflwyno i gyngor cymuned a oedd wedi bod yn derbyn llawer o ymholiadau ynghylch ffracio, effeithlonrwydd ynni, ynni cymunedol ayyb.  Roedden nhw’n ddryslyd ynghylch beth i’w ddweud, ond roedd Neil yn gallu rhoi help iddyn nhw i ddeall a chreu polisi (y mae cynghorau’n hoffi hyn) yr oedden nhw’n awyddus i’w fabwysiadau a’i ledaenu drwy Gymru.

Mae Nina Finnigan yn honni ei bod wedi gwirioneddol fwynhau'r ddwy flynedd ddiwethaf gydag Adfywio Cymru.  Bu’n gweithio gydag amrywiaeth eang o grwpiau, yn cynnwys cyn-droseddwyr a phrosiectau hyfforddi i amddiffyn rhag llifogydd.  Ei huchafbwynt oedd gweithio gyda grŵp o breswylwyr yn Y Maendy.  Roedden nhw wedi nodi tlodi bwyd fel y brif broblem, ond nid oedden nhw’n arbennig o ymwybodol na gyda diddordeb ynghylch newid yn yr hinsawdd ar yr adeg hon.  Bu Nina yn eu helpu i sefydlu cydweithfa fwyd gyda FareShare ar gyfer teuluoedd ar incymau isel.  Daeth yn ganolfan dda ar gyfer y gymuned ac roedd Nina yn gallu rhannu gwybodaeth ar oblygiadau ehangach newid yn yr hinsawdd, ac maen nhw, o ganlyniad, wedi magu diddordeb mewn prosiectau adfywio eraill.  Mae hyn yn rhoi cymaint o foddhad gan ei fod yn parhau ac yn datblygu o hyd.

Bu Alison Fuller yn ymdrin yn bennaf â phrosiectau sy’n seiliedig ar effeithlonrwydd ynni, yn aml gydag adeiladau cymunedol, fel eglwys henafol fawr a oedd angen datblygu y tu allan iddi hi a’i gwneud yn gynhesach y tu mewn.  Daeth y profiad gorau efallai wrth gynnal sesiynau cynghori ar ynni gyda grŵp o Gybiau.  Roedd hyn yn heriol oherwydd nid oedd ganddyn nhw syniad, ond aeth yn dda ac aethpwyd â’r wybodaeth adref gyda nhw, a dychwelyd yn y sesiwn nesaf gyda’r gwaith yr oedden nhw wedi’i gwblhau.  Cododd hyn ymwybyddiaeth fawr yn eu mysg nhw ac ymysg eu teuluoedd y buon nhw’n siarad gyda nhw gartref ynghylch beth roedden nhw wedi’i ddysgu, a roddodd foddhad mawr.

Bu Ffion Jones yn gweithio gyda 4 grŵp; roedd 2 ohonyn nhw’n newydd sbon ac wedi’u lleoli ym Mae Colwyn.  Roedd y grwpiau yn heriol i weithio gyda nhw, ond roedd hyn yn ei wneud yn fwy boddhaus.  Mae un grŵp y mae’n gweithio gyda nhw yng Nghaergybi ar fin sefydlu rhandir, ac mae hi’n gyffrous i fod ynghlwm â hyn.

Dechreuodd Lynne Colston yn y lle cyntaf i gyflwyno ynni solar i grwpiau, ond yr oedd hyn yn ormod i ymdrin ag ef a’i ddeall gan lawer o’r grwpiau llai roedd hi’n eu cyfarfod.  O ganlyniad, penderfynodd gymryd agwedd wahanol tuag at oleuo.  Gofynnodd URC iddi hi edrych ar ffeithiau a ffigyrau ar gyfer y clwb a dangosodd sut y gallan nhw efallai arbed eu costau.  Aeth Lynne i ysgolion a chymharodd pa ynni oedd yn cael ei ddefnyddio a beth oedd ar ôl.  Cyflwynodd y gêm garbon isel i’r disgyblion, sydd wedi gweithio’n wirioneddol dda ac sydd wedi codi ymwybyddiaeth.  Daeth Lynne i weithio gydag Adfywio Cymru oherwydd ei bod eisiau edrych ar ynni adnewyddadwy fel ffynhonnell swyddi, ac mae’n gobeithio y bydd y rhain yn dod drwy wneud i bobl sylweddoli pwysigrwydd ynni adnewyddadwy drwy barhau i’w cyflwyno mewn modd cynnil fel y mae hi wedi bod yn ei wneud yn ddiweddar.

Darganfu Dawn Davies y gwaith y bu’n ei wneud gyda Quest, sy’n rhedeg ecogaban ym Mhen- y-Bont ar Ogwr yn foddhaus iawn wrth iddi helpu’r gymuned i deimlo cydberchnogaeth o’r adeilad.  Ar y cychwyn, roedden nhw wedi brwydro am gyllid i’r adeilad, pan oedd y rhan fwyaf o’r bwrdd wedi gadael.  Roedd tair chwaer a oedd yn deyrngar iawn i’r prosiect wedi bod yn ei redeg ar eu pennau eu hunain.  Roedden nhw wedi newid y goleuadau y tu allan, gan nad oedden nhw’n gallu deall pam oedd y biliau ynni mor uchel ar oddeutu £30,000.  Bu Dan McCallum yn helpu drwy gwblhau arolwg gwresogi, a chynhyrchodd Hugh Caswell arolwg goleuo.  Ers hynny, maen nhw wedi gosod ynni solar ac yn ystyried datblygu eu cysylltiad gyda’r gymuned ymhellach.

Mae Bethan Gritten yn gweithio gydag amrywiaeth eang o grwpiau e.e. gwarchodfeydd natur, ecogaban, cyfleoedd addysgddefnyddio a beth oedd ar ôl.  Cyflwynodd y gêm garbon isel i’r disgyblion, sydd wedi gweithio’n wirioneddol dda ac sydd wedi codi ymwybyddiaeth.  Daeth Lynne i weithio gydag Adfywio Cymru oherwydd ei bod eisiau edrych ar ynni adnewyddadwy fel ffynhonnell swyddi, ac mae’n gobeithio y bydd y rhain yn dod drwy wneud i bobl sylweddoli pwysigrwydd ynni adnewyddadwy drwy barhau i’w cyflwyno mewn modd cynnil fel y mae hi wedi bod yn ei wneud yn ddiweddar.

Darganfu Dawn Davies y gwaith y bu’n ei wneud gyda Quest, sy’n rhedeg ecogaban ym Mhen- y-Bont ar Ogwr yn foddhaus iawn wrth iddi helpu’r gymuned i deimlo cydberchnogaeth o’r adeilad.  Ar y cychwyn, roedden nhw wedi brwydro am gyllid i’r adeilad, pan oedd y rhan fwyaf o’r bwrdd wedi gadael.  Roedd tair chwaer a oedd yn deyrngar iawn i’r prosiect wedi bod yn ei redeg ar eu pennau eu hunain.  Roedden nhw wedi newid y goleuadau y tu allan, gan nad oedden nhw’n gallu deall pam oedd y biliau ynni mor uchel ar oddeutu £30,000.  Bu Dan McCallum yn helpu drwy gwblhau arolwg gwresogi, a chynhyrchodd Hugh Caswell arolwg goleuo.  Ers hynny, maen nhw wedi gosod ynni solar ac yn ystyried datblygu eu cysylltiad gyda’r gymuned ymhellach.

Mae Bethan Gritten yn gweithio gydag amrywiaeth eang o grwpiau e.e. gwarchodfeydd natur, ecogaban, cyfleoedd addysg ayyb.  Mae hi wedi darganfod bod gweithio gydag Adfywio Cymru mor ddefnyddiol oherwydd ei fod wedi darparu cysylltiadau gwych rhwng gwahanol brosiectau y mae hi’n gweithio gyda nhw.  Mae Bethan yn dweud pan mae hi’n meddwl am fentor a allai fod yn dda mewn prosiect arbennig, mae’n hawdd cysylltu â nhw a’u cael i weithio arno’n fuan wedyn.  Bu’n hyblyg iawn i weithio gydag Adfywio Cymru, er enghraifft, gan ei bod yn hawdd cael cefnogaeth ar brosiectau eraill y bu’n gweithio arnyn nhw.  Arweiniodd un prosiect ar warchodfa natur y bu Bethan yn gweithio arno at waith ar brosiectau eraill a mwy o ddichonoldeb ynghylch dau brosiect adnewyddadwy gwahanol.  Mae gweithio gydag Adfywio Cymru a thrwy Adfywio Cymru yn adeiladu gwydnwch rhwng prosiectau gwahanol.

Y prosiect y cafodd Ben Ferguson-Walker y boddhad mwyaf gydag ef oedd ei bwll nofio lleol mae’n debyg.  Mae wedi cyrraedd bron bob targed ar gynllun gweithredu eithaf sylweddol a bu Adfywio Cymru yn gefnogaeth wych gyda hyn, gyda llawer o ymyriadau allanol sydd wedi’u helpu ar y ffordd, e.e. cyllid ac asesiadau.  Fel yn achos Bethan, mae Adfywio Cymru wedi helpu cymaint oherwydd y bu mynediad hawdd i lawer o wahanol bobl gydag arbenigedd mewn meysydd amrywiol mewn cynllun gweithredu cymhleth.  Prosiect arall oedd yn rhoi boddhad oedd gweithio gyda phlant sy’n cael pethau’n anodd mewn ysgolion.  Aeth ef â nhw allan a defnyddiodd thema newid yn yr hinsawdd – ffrwydro pethau, heriau tomen sgrap gyda phrosiectau ynni dŵr ayyb.  Dywedodd Ben ei fod wedi cael dwy flynedd ffantastig ac mae’n wirioneddol gyffrous am y flwyddyn sydd i ddod.

Mae Gareth Ellis yn dweud bod gan lawer o bobl a oedd wedi cysylltu ag ef syniad clir iawn o beth yr oedden nhw eisiau ei wneud.  Un peth a oedd wedi’i daro oedd ei bod hi’n anodd iawn darganfod y gwahaniaeth rhwng cydlynydd a mentor.  Byddai grŵp yn cyfarfod, siarad, ond cerdded oddi yno heb gynllun gweithredu.  Aeth i weld grŵp mewn eglwys ynghylch effeithlonrwydd ynni - aeth yn dda, ond daeth i ben oherwydd ei fod wedi’i gyllido gan y loteri ac nid oedden nhw’n credu mewn hapchwarae.  Un prosiect y mae Adfywio Cymru wedi bod o gymorth ffantastig wrth arbed arian oedd elusen bychan ar gyfer lles anifeiliaid - y Pony Trust. Treuliodd 3 blynedd yn gweithio ar y prosiect hwn lle maen nhw’n cymryd ceffylau gadawedig.  Tua diwedd y prosiect a llawer o bobl yn gadael, cymerodd Gareth y prosiect hwn a darparodd Adfywio lawer o help drwy sicrhau nad oedd yn dod i ben, gydag oddeutu 10-15% eto i’w wneud.  Arbedodd Adfywio’r sefyllfa mewn argyfwng posibl.

Mae Delyth Higgins wedi gweithio gyda dwy eglwys a safle gwersylla gydag ethos Cristnogol.  Roedden nhw’n daer i wella effeithlonrwydd ynni yn eu hadeiladau ac yn anelu at gael system wresogi newydd ar ddechrau’r flwyddyn, ond nid oedd hyn wedi digwydd.  Bu’n anodd dibynnu ar gysylltiadau eraill, ond mae’r prosiect yn gwella ac mae adeilad yr eglwys wedi’i gysylltu â phrosiectau ehangach fel balconi bwyd a gardd gymunedol.  Mae Delyth yn wirioneddol gyffrous ynghylch Bikeability a ddechreuodd ar gyfer pobl anabl, ond sydd yn awr ar gyfer pawb.  Daeth mentor o Adfywio Cymru i ddarparu cefnogaeth a chynllun clir, sydd wedi annog pobl i gamu ymlaen a gwirfoddoli i wneud mwy o waith.  Mae hi’n cynllunio darparu mwy o gefnogaeth i’r grŵp hwn yn ystod y flwyddyn sydd i ddod.

Bu Jenny Carlisle ynghlwm ag EGNI, yn ogystal â chynllun ynni dŵr disgyniad mawr ar gyfer grŵp, a oedd angen cynllunio busnes ac asesiad ariannol.  Mae hi’n canolbwyntio’n llwyr ar y grŵp technegol ac yr oedd yn braf cael cynllun gweithredu i edrych ar beth y gall y grŵp ei gyflawni mewn gwirionedd.  Mae agweddau technegol pwysig yn aml yn cael eu hanghofio.  Derbyniodd help wrth fod yn rhan o Adfywio Cymru pan oedd adeilad cymunedol angen ei adfywio ac roedd Peter Draper yn gallu camu i mewn a darparu cymorth.

Mae Dan McCallum wedi derbyn ceisiadau gan lawer o grwpiau dros y blynyddoedd ar gyfer cynlluniau solar ffotofoltaig ac nid yw wedi gallu gwneud unrhyw beth amdano mewn gwirionedd.  Pan gafodd Adfywio Cymru ei ddatblygu, ymwelodd ag adeiladau a oedd wedi gwneud ceisiadau o’r blaen.  Roedd Dan yn gallu dod â chefnogaeth mentora amrywiol a sefydlodd fenter gydweithredol gyda Sharenergy, a oedd yn wych. Roedd Adfywio Cymru yn darparu’r amser i Dan wneud cais am gyllid ar gyfer ffactorau amrywiol a oedd yn allweddol i wireddu cynlluniau.  Roedd adeiladau cymunedol a oedd wedi tynnu allan yn derbyn asesiadau ac maen nhw’n cychwyn meddwl sut y gallan nhw ddefnyddio ynni solar ffotofoltaig yn y dyfodol.  Ni fyddai hyn wedi digwydd heb Adfywio Cymru, ac mae EGNI wedi mynd o nerth i nerth ers iddo fod ynghlwm ag Adfywio – ac mae hyd yn oed wedi ennill gwobr yn ddiweddar.

 

 





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