Valley’s Voices – massive impact and targets smashed as thousands of people get involved and over £3,000,000 raised for new projects!
Interlink received funding of £841,820 over 5 years for the RCT Community Voice Lottery Funded programme, with 8 brilliant projects supporting seldom heard groups from older people wanting to address speeding cars to supporting people with sight loss to access trains to Cardiff.
Actions Speak Louder than Words
Community Voice Conference 2014
The project achieved a stunning success rate with a whopping 3,573 people reporting they were able to influence change, and we managed train 3,211 people in influencing and making a difference
This involved 8 incredible projects:
- Coproducing the Future – Glyncoch Regeneration Partnership
- Create a Voice – Eye to Eye
- The Breakthrough Project – Age Concern Morgannwg
- Our Voice, Our Future – Tonypandy Community College
- Neighbours – Spectacle Theatre
- Wanting to be Heard – Cardiff Vale and the Valleys
- Ynysybwl Futures – Ynysybwl and Glyncoch Regeneration Partnership
- Welcome to our Woods!’ – Learn & Grow
What people said…
It’s brilliant! Thank you so much for letting us be involved.”
“I have really enjoyed working with the project. I feel valued and had the chance to have my say.”
“We finally get a chance to feel listened to. Drink and drugs were the only thing I wanted to do until this came along.”
“The Police don’t see that I can actually be a good person and they talk down to me. I want that to change.”
“Community Voice has helped me engage better with my community and the people”
“I’ve been asked my opinions on everything. I didn’t realise I had one to share. No one has asked me before.”
“I have enjoyed being part of the project as I have a new found confidence, I feel that people listen to me and I’m sure we can make a difference to our woodland thanks to the work we’ve done.”
The school staff are starting to take notice of the fab work our group has done.”
The project has helped me understand my rights as a community member and given me the courage to speak up and try to make a difference.”
The project worker hasn’t got a magic wand to change the services I don’t find useful overnight, but he has listened to my thoughts and ideas and explained that it will take time but I will get my voice heard.”
The Best is Yet to Come – more people to be involved with more funding and new brilliant projects!
The programme had a massive impact on those involved, people were inspired people to take it further, with four incredible new projects successfully applying for further funding from the Lottery and others grant funders representing a huge investment of £3,000,000.
Ynysybwl Enterprise Programme Limited
The project will work with young people in Ynysybwl, Glyncoch and surrounding areas to increase their skills by engaging them in the design and development of a variety of entrepreneurial activities. Young people will have opportunities to broaden their horizons through exciting and innovative social and private enterprises to generate creative and innovative ideas Young people will have increased access to training and learning from enterprise and industry mentors and access to qualifications.
The Lottery Create Your Space Programme x 2 successes!
Two community projects will receive around £1,000,000 each from the Lottery’s Create Your Space programme and lead to incredible social, environmental and economic benefits through the use of our local woodlands and environment. In Ynysybwl and the Upper Rhondda there will be investment in community-led programmes working with communities to make the use of their local assets.
Spectacle Theatre Ltd
Spectacle Theatre are a unique local arts charity centred around participation and their new programme ‘Creating Progress’ a service to support young people 11-25 in RCT to work creatively to address social issues, with a grant from the Big Lottery of £242,986. They will also be developing a new participatory play to look at complex issues around grooming and sexual exploitation with grants from Moondance and Garfield Weston.
Simon James, Chief Executive of Interlink and Programme Manager was overjoyed,
“What Community Voice has done is immeasurable. It has transformed the way people are involved in making decisions to help public services ‘work with’ communities instead of ‘doing to’. Those projects which have meaningfully involved people have been most successful, the most sustainable and received continuation funding from the Lottery.”
For more information contact Interlink on 01443 846200