Lottery invests more than £1,000,000 in green spaces in the Upper Rhondda
An ambitious community project based in the Upper Rhondda is set to branch out this year – with support from Interlink RCT.
The Welcome To Our Woods – A Natural Future project looks at building and connecting community assets to develop ways to improve health and wellbeing, create jobs and tackle poverty.
The project will receive more than £1,000,000 in grant funding over seven years from the Create Your Space Big Lottery Programme. The main delivery bodies will be Welcome to Our Woods Ltd and Valleys Kids.
Ceri Nicholas, People Project Officer at Valleys Kids, was ’over the moon’ when he received the news.
He said: “We believe in building on our local strengths – we work with amazing people and communities and it is an amazing landscape here in the Upper Rhondda. Valleys Kids are really looking forward to getting stuck in and working with everyone.”
Calum MacIntosh, Programme Coordinator from Welcome To Our Woods Ltd, is looking forward to getting started on the programme,
“We work with so many active community members and local organisations working on our local green spaces,” he said.
“This is a great opportunity for Welcome to Our Woods to work with the community and use the assets we have to tackle neglected spaces and provide training and job opportunities to help regenerate the Upper Rhondda.”
The ambitious proposals include involving 10,000 people in the community in improving health and wellbeing through green gyms, volunteering, health walks and promoting sustainable local food production.
Interlink RCT will support the development of a ‘cooperative community’ to support the community to take a lead role in making use of their underused land and green spaces.
Simon James, Chief Executive at Interlink RCT, said: “This is such wonderful news. It is a great privilege for Interlink to have the opportunity to work with so many great people, communities and partners. It will be a great success.”
For more information, please contact:
Interlink – Simon James, firstname.lastname@example.org 01443 846200
Welcome to Our Woods Ltd – Ian Thomas, Place Project Officer, email@example.com 07813941552
Calum MacIntosh, Programme Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org 07715 533686
Valleys Kids – Ceri Nicholas, People Project Officer email@example.com 07758230280