A scheme to encourage older people to get outdoors is among the Porth-based community projects to receive a cash boost from Interlink RCT.
Interlink works with voluntary groups across the county borough and aims to improve services through empowering citizens, communities and voluntary organisations, by offering training and support.
A total of 11 projects to improve health and well-being for older people and intergenerational projects have received a share of £10,000 as part of the Welsh Government’s Intermediate Care Fund.
Local people voted for the successful projects at a Christmas ‘Dragon’s Den’ type event hosted by Interlink at the Alec Jones Day Centre, Porth.
Wild Elders – an outdoor project for older people where they can make a fire and make tea together – proved a hit and received £850.
The other successful projects are:
- Challenging Behaviour (CBS) – £2,000 for a Sensory Library Project which will allow families with children with challenging behaviour to buy and share sensory equipment.
- Trealaw Village Trust – £1,300 for 10 craft and digital sessions, mats and venue hire.
- Valleys Kids – £600 for a kiln repair to enable young people to make crafts for the community.
- New Horizons – £1,000 towards Depression Busting and Mental Health First Aid courses.
- Busy Bees Women’s Shed – £250 towards a community tapestry project.
- TABS/Shednet – £500 for refurbishment of a community café.
- £1,200 for a Porth film by a local filmmaker to show what all of the projects do and what they achieve.
- Arts Factory – £1,000 for a community newsletter.
- RCT Skills (Valleys Kids) – £500 towards a workshop to make community bird boxes and planters.
- Spectacle Theatre – £300 towards an intergenerational project with a new youth theatre.
Simon James, Chief Executive, Interlink RCT, said:
“It was amazing to see so many people have such a great time and so many great ideas. We had lots of fun voting for the projects with our Christmas pudding tokens.”
Everyone who attended the event were then able to enjoy some cakes and carols from young singers from Ysgol Gyfun Cymer, Porth.
For more information on the work of Interlink RCT, go to www.interlinkrct.org.uk