Welsh Water donates over £20,000 to community projects in Rhondda Fach
Written by Gavin on 1st June 2021
Community groups throughout the Rhondda Fach are all smiles after receiving a part of a £20,000 fund Welsh Water made available to the area. The fund, by the not-for-profit water company, formed part of the multi million-pound project it had been working on to install brand new water pipes there.
The funding has enabled more than 60 successful community groups, from Maerdy down to Pontypridd, to deliver a diverse range of community-based projects. This includes activities such as sports, music and arts equipment, office supplies, room hire, and providing mental health and wellbeing resources. Some of the funding has also been provided to nurseries, adult education classes and toddler groups to promote community engagement.
Stuart Strathdee, Scout Leader at 1st Trealaw (All Saints) Scout Group, said: “Trealaw scout group nearly folded a few years ago and is now a roaring success which is a result of hard work. The group caters for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and now has enough members to open an ‘Explorer’ section. The funding will enable us to update our catering equipment which will allow food to be prepared safely and enjoyed under the protection of a canvas, while allowing more of the children from the group to enjoy the camping experience once lockdown restrictions have been lifted.”
Another successful community group is Cor Meibion Morlais, a male voice choir based in Ferndale. The group owns its own rehearsal hall which is not only used by the chioir, but other local community groups to hold activities such as line dancing, healthy cooking classes, Slimming World, Tai Chi, quilting, and many more. It also regularly holds public meetings, a polling station, PACT meetings and numerous fundraising activities for various charities.
Byron Young, Secretary at Cor Meibion Morlais, said: “The choir doesn’t run the hall as a profit making exercise but aims to cover its costs and share any benefit for the good of the community. The money received from Dŵr Cymru’s Communtity Fund will help with maintaining the hall and replacing chairs, as some chairs are over 20 years old! With the new chairs, the choir will be able to provide seating for the community to enjoy regular concerts.”
The Community Fund is a chance for communities where Welsh Water is working to boost their fundraising efforts for good causes in their area up to a value of £1,000.
Claire Roberts, Head of Community Engagement at Welsh Water, said: “The Welsh Water Community Fund is pleased to support a diverse range of community projects across Rhondda Fach. As a not for profit organisation, customers are at the heart of everything we do, and the funding allows us to give something back to the community that we are investing in.”
Alongside the investment project, the company has helped local customers through the activities of its Water Resilient Community project. The project, which ran during 2018 and 2019, involved using the company’s various existing services for the benefit of the community. A series of community meetings were held throughout the Rhondda Fach which allowed customers to come and discuss any queries they had regarding their bills and tariffs and helped customers in the area collectively save over £120,000 on their water bills.
Welsh Water’s Education team also delivered lessons to more than 2,000 pupils which focused on informing the next generation about the water industry and how they can use water more efficiently.
For more information about our investment work between Maerdy and Pontypridd visit www.dwrcymru.com/Maerdy-Pontypridd