I am a community advice and support officer for Interlink RCT and as such I am well placed to engage with organisations as Interlink is often the first point of contact for groups a significant number of whom are working on climate action; whether this is an existing community building, looking to reduce their energy bills, or a new community food growing initiative. I can also draw on the resources of the host organisation, its partners and the knowledge of the sector to ensure that communities get the best support available in areas such as setting up, running, developing business plans and securing funding. Renew offers Interlink an extra layer of support where we can call upon the help of a mentor to get far more involved in the development, design and delivery of a project.
Tell us about an experience of your work with Renew…
Helping a Town Council Respond to the WFGAct
I worked with Pontypridd Town Council to help them secure the support they needed to respond to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act:
i. The first project involved them looking at the way in which they manage Pontypridd common by taking biodiversity and wildlife into account.
ii. The second looked at the way in which they work with the allotment tenants across the region to develop a new allotment management strategy.
Working with the local authority, the Town Council & CLAS we ran a training session on how allotment sites could apply for grants to improve their sites. Over the last year we have worked with the Town Council to organise an event called ‘A Better Ponty’ which engaged local residents and a community groups on what they are doing to make the area better. The event was attended by over 50 people around the themes of Welsh Language and Culture, A Stronger Voice, Growing Ponty, Wellbeing Networks and Employment and Training. This is an on-going piece of work with new groups emerging will require additional mentor support as they develop: