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Wales Co-operative Centre Financial Inclusion experts give evidence to Children, Young People and Education Committee

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Jocelle Lovell is Financial Inclusion Project Manager at the Wales Co-operative Centre. She talks about her evidence to the committee and the importance of debating financial inclusion and financial education in Wales.

The Wales Co-operative Centre has a long history in delivering programmes to help tackle poverty and inequalities across Wales, including digital and financial inclusion and co-operative housing. We were delighted to be invited to the Senedd on 17 September 2014 to answer questions regarding the Financial Education and Inclusion Bill at the Children, Young People and Education Committee.

We welcome any opportunity to have high level debate on financial inclusion and education across Wales, and to highlight some of the best practice already taking place across our different local authorities.

The debate included discussions on the effectiveness of current frameworks for both education and local authorities, and whether more is needed to be done by creating legislative powers. We cited examples of best practice which our Financial Inclusion Champions project has supported. These included supporting Blaenau Gwent’s single integrated plan and its approach to co-ordinating financial inclusion across the borough, and Conwy and Denbighshire’s approach to collaborative working and project funding that led to the Financial Inclusion Together project.

Questions were asked about what age children should start to be taught financial education, referring to the Money Advice Service report (click here to view report). We suggested that children should be taught about money from as early an age as possible given that there is evidence that attitudes and behaviour towards money are developed by the age of 7. We feel that there is a  great opportunity to use existing programmes to deliver a holistic approach to financial inclusion: these should include Families First, Sure Start and Communities First, all of which have elements of family & community engagement.

Another point we were keen to make is that there are three key elements to financial inclusion, (literacy, accessibility & capability) and whilst financial literacy is a fundamental skill, it can not be delivered in isolation. We also need measures in place to address accessibility and capability if we are to truly make a difference.

To view Jo giving evidence to the committee please click here and view session three.

Written by David Madge

September 19, 2014 at 2:54 pm

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Three important business launches in one week show the strength of the social enterprise sector in North Wales

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September 2014 is a busy and exciting month for social businesses in North Wales this year. There are three major new project launches throughout the month, culminating in the Social Enterprise Wales 2014 Awards and Conference in Glasdir.

Ynni Anafon Energy Community Share Scheme

Last Saturday, 13th September, Ynni Anafon Energy, the Industrial Provident Society (IPS) behind the plan to build a 270kw hydroelectric plant on the River Anafon in Abergwyngregyn, Snowdonia launched its Community share scheme.

Ynni Anafon Energy is hoping to raise  £1.25 million for the project via the share scheme and a bank loan. Shares are now available to investors aged 16 and over. Shareholders will earn interest on their investments and have one vote each regardless of whether they invest the minimum sum of £250.00 or the maximum of £50,000.

The project will earn around £30,000 per year for the community whilst the bank loan is being repaid with a higher yearly income forecast after that. By forming an Industrial and Provident Society, Ynni Anafon Energy will benefit the local community. The electricity generated will be sold to the grid through the government’s Feed-In Tariffs (FIT) scheme. Surpluses will be donated to a village charity and boosted by the tax efficient Gift Aid incentive.

Gavin Gatehouse is one of the three founder-directors of Ynni Anafon Energy, he said:

“The Anafon Hydro is an excellent opportunity to invest in a profitable business and support Abergwyngregyn. The structure of the IPS keeps control of the organisation out of the hands of large organisations and, instead, channel funds into village causes and the wider community.” 

The Wales Co-operative Centre was happy to be able to support Ynni Anafon Energy with development of its share offer.

Draig Tex

Thursday 18th September sees the launch of Draig Tex a new social enterprise founded by a consortium of three not-for-profit organisations within North Wales, Crest Co-operative, Seren Ffestiniog Cyf and Antur Waunfawr. The social enterprises all collect and sort textiles and sell the products in their respective shops. Previously the three enterprises worked with external, national companies to export textiles. Now however they have teamed up and will work together to export the textiles themselves. The aim is to keep the value of textiles and unwanted clothing in Wales to support the work and social values of the social enterprises and therefore benefit Welsh communities.

Sharon Jones is Chief Executive of Crest Co-operative, one of the three partners involved in Draig Tex. She said,

“Any charity or social enterprise that collects textiles can now choose a Welsh third sector service that will offer competitive market rates for most of these materials. The aim is to help keep the value of textiles collected in Wales as close to local communities as possible and to reinvest in the Welsh social economy, rather than see wealth leak away into a global market, as often happens now.

“We are grateful for the support we have received from the Wales Co-operative Centre in helping us build the framework we needed to implement this new business approach”.

The Wales Co-operative Centre’s Succession and Consortia Project worked closely with the three partners in Draig Tex to help them to form the consortia and develop the business approach and governance for the new organisation.

The Rabbit Hole Café & Wellbeing Centre 

The Rabbit Hole Café in Llandudno will be launched at an event on Friday 19th September.

The Café is a Social Enterprise set up by Aberconwy Mind, a registered mental health charity, and will provide work experience and training for people who have experienced or are experiencing mental health issues.  All of the café’s profit will be put back into the charity to continue delivering support, training and mentoring for their trainees.

The Wales Co-operative Centre helped Aberconwy Mind to develop their business plan, their memorandum and articles and their Company Registration. They also helped with HR support and equality and diversity policies. The new enterprise has been assisted with specialist marketing advice and with a training session on the roles and responsibilities of directors.

At the Wales Co-operative Centre we welcome the breadth of innovation that is demonstrated by these three projects. All are set up to address specific needs in their communities and all are designed to employ people and be sustainable over the long term.

We wish them all every success in the future.

Co-op housing in spotlight at Welsh conferences

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Housing is firmly back in the spotlight this week, with two major events covering issues that are relevant to property rentals and key policy developments in Wales. What’s more, our Housing Co-operative Project Manager, Dave Palmer, is speaking at both of them!

First up is the Welsh Tenants Annual Conference, taking place in Llandrindod Wells, on Wednesday and Thursday. This year’s event is titled ‘It’s Good to Rent’ and brings together tenants from all sectors, from throughout Wales, to talk about the issues that matter to them.

Dave Palmer

Dave Palmer

They will be joined by speakers who will be talking on a range of issues, including money advice, loan sharks, reforming the Private Rented Sector and welfare reform. Dave Palmer will be talking about the latest developments in co-operative housing, alongside Ben Hodge who’s the Co-operative Housing Co-ordinator for Cadwyn Housing. Together, they will be talking about the recent history of co-op housing in Wales, with 26 schemes now at varying levels of development around Wales. This includes the Home Farm Village Housing Co-op in Cardiff, which is being developed by Cadwyn, with Welsh Government funding and support from the Wales Co-operative Centre.

Dave also spoke at last year’s conference. Now, he’s able to relay feedback from some of the tenants who have formed the Home Farm Co-operative and who are ready to move into their rented properties, once available. One tenant has told us:

“I feel housing co-operatives would be beneficial everywhere, as I feel this would lower anti-social behaviour in and around communities, as when you know each other, people should have respect for others belongings. I also like the fact that we have a say in what happens to us as a whole and watch our new homes being built.”

Once Dave has spoken at this event on Thursday morning, he will be hot-footing it to Cardiff for ‘The Big Question’, an event being hosted by the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru. According to the event website, “The BIG Question is CIH Cymru’s high-level housing policy symposium.  By attending you’ll be placing yourself at the centre of debate on legislative change and hear from some of housing’s most influential figures.”

From the Wales Co-operative Centre’s perspective, we have a particular interest in the different methods of delivery for affordable housing. To that end, Dave Palmer is featured in an afternoon plenary session alongside Sioned Hughes of Community Housing Cymru, who will be looking at the wider social housing landscape, and Clare Budden of Flintshire County Council, who will be talking about housing in relation to local regeneration

Dave will once again be raising awareness of the role the Wales Co-operative Centre has taken in delivering affordable forms of housing, through co-operative solutions. This could also include the Centre’s work on digital and financial inclusion and how work in those areas benefits tenants and housing providers alike.

For more information on co-operative housing in Wales, head to the dedicated area of our website.

Written by Mark Smith

September 15, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Posted in co-operatives, housing

Celebrate #SocialSaturday in North Wales

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Social Saturday logo

Social Saturday logo

Saturday 13 September 2014 is Social Saturday, a UK-wide campaign run by Social Enterprise UK to encourage people to buy from social enterprises.

Here are my top tips on how you can spend Social Saturday in North Wales. From watching local football teams, to taking in some of the amazing landscapes and scenery North Wales has to offer! There’s something for everyone.


Galeri Caernarfon

Visit Wales’ current Social Enterprise of the Year to catch the latest film or theatre performance. Or you can grab a bite to eat and drink at the ‘DOC Café Bar’, whilst enjoying the stunning views of Victoria Dock and the Menai Straits.


Porthmadog Football Club (FC)

If you’re a football fan, go and watch Porthmadog FC, who are taking on Fflint, at home, on Saturday 13th September. The match kicks off at 3pm at Y Traeth, Porthmadog.


Pengwern Arms Hotel

Located in Llan Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, the Pengwern Arms Hotel is a community owned venture, which acts as the ‘focal point’ for people in the area. Pengwern say that the ‘pub is the hub’, so if you’re planning on meeting friends or family for a drink or bite to eat, why not pop into Pengwern in the beautiful surroundings of Snowdonia.



If you’re looking for a new piece of home furniture, then why not visit ‘Resource-renew’ in Bangor. They have a range of pre-owned furniture and refurbished white goods available at bargain prices.
You can also donate your old items to them. So if you’ve recently moved house or had a de-clutter, don’t throw anything away, get in touch with Resource-renew, so it can be reused.


antur stiniogAntur Stiniog

If you’re an outdoor activity enthusiast, then a visit to Antur Stiniog is a must. Located in Bro Ffestiniog, in the amazing surroundings of Snowdonia, the landscape lends itself perfectly for walking, kayaking and camping. Any keen mountain bikers should try out one of their four graded downhill trails, on which the British Championships were recently held. Before you hit the hills, visit ‘Y Siop’ to kit yourself out with climbing and bike equipment, bike hire and outdoor clothing.

Antur Stiniog has something for everyone though. If the above activities don’t take your fancy, then you can pop into ‘Antur Café’ for some traditional Welsh food.


Colwyn Bay FC

Cheer on Colwyn Bay FC on Saturday 13th September, in their home clash against North Ferriby United in the Conference North division. Kick off is at 3pm at Llanelian Road, Old Colwyn.


Menter Fachwen – Greenworks Horticulture

Located in the Old Station, Cwm-Y-Glo, Greenworks Horticulture specialises in made to order hanging baskets for the summer and winter. If you’re a keen gardener, then it’s definitely worth paying them a visit.


Tafarn Y Fic

Tafarn y Fic is a Welsh community pub located in Llithfaen, near Pwllheli. If you’re in the area, call into the bar for a warm welcome and local ale. First, you should take in the area’s fantastic scenery by embarking on some of the local walking trails.


Cyfeillion Swtan

Swtan is a fully restored example of a 17th century Welsh cottage with a thatched roof. It is situated on the beautiful north west Wales coast of Anglesey, in the picturesque village of Church Bay (Porth Swtan).

The cottage is owned by the National Trust, and is leased and run by a group of local enthusiasts, Cyfellion Swtan (‘Friends of Swtan’), as a living heritage museum preserving history and culture.

Visitors can experience a fascinating step back in time to rural life in Wales circa 1900.


Holyhead Maritime Museum

The museum is a fascinating experience for the whole family. Step back in time at the oldest lifeboat station in Wales (circa. 1858), which houses a collection of exhibits telling the enthralling maritime history of Holyhead.
Situated alongside the Maritime Museum, in a Second World War Air Raid Shelter, is the very informative permanent exhibition “Holyhead at War”. There is wheelchair access, a well stocked gift and bookshop, very knowledgeable museum guides and a highly recommended cafe/licensed restaurant, the “Harbour Front Bistro”.


Wrexham FC

Go and support Wrexham FC on 13th September, who are playing Welling at home (the Racecourse Ground), kick off is at 3pm. It’s been a good start to the season for Wrexham, and with Welling not fairing so well at the moment, there’s a good chance of this continuing!


Saith SerenSaith Seren

Before you go to cheer on Wrexham FC, visit Saith Seren, a community owned pub in Wrexham, for a pre match meal and drink. While there, you can take in some live entertainment from local performers.
The Social Saturday campaign was started by the Wales Co-operative Centre in Wales in 2013 so it’s really exciting to see it rolled out across the UK. Last year, social enterprises all over Wales took part to showcase the best of what they do.

If you’ve got any other ideas about how to support social enterprises for Social Saturday, let us know via Twitter (@WalesCoopCentre). Whatever you do to celebrate Social Saturday, don’t forget to share your experiences on twitter using the hashtag #socialsaturday.

*Please check individual websites for details of opening times and locations.

Written by Ieuan Nash

September 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

Dathlwch #SadwrnCymdeithasol yn y Gogledd

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Social Saturday logo CYDdydd Sadwrn 13 Medi 2014 yw dydd Sadwrn Cymdeithasol, ymgyrch ledled y DU gan Menter Gymdeithasol y DU i annog pobl i brynu cynnyrch mentrau cymdeithasol.

Dyma fy awgrymiadau i ar sut y gallwch chi dreulio Sadwrn Cymdeithasol yn y Gogledd. O wylio timau pêl-droed lleol, i fwynhau rhai o’r tirweddau a’r golygfeydd anhygoel sydd gan y Gogledd i’w cynnig! Mae rhywbeth at ddant pawb.


Galeri Caernarfon 

Dyma Fenter Gymdeithasol y Flwyddyn Cymru ar hyn o bryd, felly beth am alw heibio i weld y ffilm neu’r perfformiad theatr diweddaraf. Neu gallwch gael tamaid blasus a llymaid ym Mar Cafe DOC, a mwynhau’r golygfeydd trawiadol o Ddoc Fictoria a’r Fenai’r un pryd.


Clwb Pêl-droed Porthmadog

Os ydych yn gefnogwr pêl-droed, beth am fynd i wylio Clwb Pêl-droed Porthmadog, sy’n chwarae gartref yn erbyn y Fflint ddydd Sadwrn 13 Medi? Mae’r gêm yn dechrau am 3pm ar y Traeth, Porthmadog.


Gwesty’r Pengwern

Mae’r Pengwern yn Llan Ffestiniog ac yn fenter sy’n eiddo i’r gymuned, sy’n gweithredu fel ‘canolbwynt’ i drigolion y fro. Y dafarn yw’r man ymgynnull perffaith, felly os ydych yn bwriadu cwrdd â theulu neu ffrindiau am lymaid neu damaid blasus, beth am bicio draw i’r Pengwern yng nghanol harddwch Eryri.



Os ydych yn chwilio am ddodrefnyn newydd i’ch cartref, yna beth am ymweld ag Adfywio-adnodd ym Mangor. Mae ganddynt ddetholiad o ddodrefn a nwyddau gwyn wedi’u hadnewyddu sy’n dipyn o fargen.

Gallwch roi eich hen eitemau iddynt hefyd. Felly os ydych wedi symud tŷ’n ddiweddar neu’n awyddus i roi trefn ar eich cartref a chlirio’r llanast, peidiwch â thaflu dim, cysylltwch ag Adfywio-adnodd, fel y gellir eu hailddefnyddio.


antur stiniogAntur Stiniog 

Os yw gweithgareddau awyr agored at eich dant, yna cofiwch alw yn Antur Stiniog. Bro Ffestiniog yw cartref yr antur, yng nghanol gwychder Eryri – tirwedd berffaith ar gyfer cerdded, caiacio a gwersylla. Dylai unrhyw feicwyr mynydd brwd roi cynnig ar un o’u pedwar llwybr lawr allt graddedig, lle cynhaliwyd Pencampwriaeth Prydain yn ddiweddar. Cyn i chi fentro tua’r mynyddoedd, ewch draw i’r Siop i gael yr holl offer sydd ei angen arnoch ar gyfer dringo a beicio, llogi beiciau a dillad awyr agored.

Mae gan Antur Stiniog rywbeth i bawb. Os na fydd y gweithgareddau uchod yn apelio atoch, yna gallwch alw yng nghaffi’r Antur a mwynhau gwledd o fwydydd Cymreig traddodiadol.


Clwb Pêl-droed Bae Colwyn 

Beth am roi hwb i Glwb Pêl-droed Bae Colwyn ddydd Sadwrn 13 Medi, yn eu gêm gartref yn erbyn North Ferriby United yn adran Conference North? Bydd y gic gyntaf am 3pm yn Ffordd Llanelian, Hen Golwyn.


Menter Fachwen – Gwaithgwyrdd Garddwriaeth

Hen Orsaf, Cwm-y-glo yw cartref Gwaithgwyrdd Garddwriaeth sy’n arbenigo mewn gwneud basgedi crog ar gyfer yr haf a’r gaeaf yn arbennig i chi. Os ydych chi’n arddwr brwd, cofiwch alw.


Tafarn y Fic

Tafarn gymunedol Gymreig yn Llithfaen ym Mhen Llŷn yw’r Fic. Os ydych chi yn yr ardal, galwch yn y bar a chewch groeso cynnes a chwrw lleol. Ond yn gyntaf, dylech fwynhau’r wledd o olygfeydd godidog yn y cyffiniau drwy roi cynnig ar rai o’r llwybrau cerdded lleol.


Cyfeillion Swtan

Bwthyn Cymreig â tho gwellt o’r ail ganrif ar bymtheg wedi’i adfer yn llwyr yw Swtan. Mae ar arfordir gogledd-orllewinol hardd Ynys Môn, ym mhentref prydferth Porth Swtan.

Eiddo’r Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol yw’r bwthyn, ar brydles i grŵp o selogion lleol, sef Cyfeillion Swtan, sy’n ei redeg fel amgueddfa treftadaeth fyw i ddiogelu hanes a diwylliant.

Gall ymwelwyr gamu’n ôl i fywyd yng nghefn gwlad Cymru oddeutu 1900.


Amgueddfa Arforol Caergybi 

Dyma brofiad diddorol a gwerth chweil i’r teulu cyfan. Camwch yn ôl i’r oes a fu yng ngorsaf bad achub hynaf Cymru (oddeutu 1858), sy’n cynnwys casgliad o arddangosion sy’n adrodd hanes morwrol cyfareddol Caergybi.

Drws nesaf i’r Amgueddfa Arforol, mewn lloches rhag bomio o gyfnod yr Ail Ryfel Byd, mae yna arddangosfa barhaol llawn gwybodaeth, “Holyhead at War”. Ceir mynediad i gadeiriau olwyn, siop â detholiad da o lyfrau a rhoddion, llyfrynnau llawn gwybodaeth am yr amgueddfa a chaffi/bwyty trwyddedig mawr ei barch, y Front Harbour Bistro.


Clwb Pêl-droed Wrecsam 

Ewch i gefnogi Clwb Pêl-droed Wrecsam ar 13 Medi, sy’n chwarae Welling gartref (ar y Cae Ras), gan gychwyn am 3pm. Mae Wrecsam wedi cael dechrau da i’r tymor, a gan nad yw Welling yn llwyddo cystal ar hyn o bryd, mae tîm Wrecsam yn obeithiol iawn!


Saith SerenSaith Seren 

Cyn i chi fynd i gefnogi Clwb Pêl-droed Wrecsam, ewch draw i Saith Seren, tafarn sy’n eiddo i’r gymuned yn Wrecsam, am bryd o fwyd a diod cyn y gêm. Tra byddwch yno, gallwch fwynhau tipyn o adloniant byw gan berfformwyr lleol.

Dechreuwyd ymgyrch Sadwrn Cymdeithasol yng Nghymru gan Ganolfan Cydweithredol Cymru yn 2013, felly gwych o beth yw ei gweld yn cael ei chyflwyno ledled y DU. Y llynedd, bu mentrau cymdeithasol ledled Cymru’n cymryd rhan ynddi i arddangos y gorau o’u cynnyrch a’u gwasanaethau.

Os oes gennych chi unrhyw syniadau eraill ynglŷn â sut i gefnogi mentrau cymdeithasol fel rhan o Sadwrn Cymdeithasol, rhowch wybod i ni drwy Twitter (@WalesCoopCentre). Sut bynnag fyddwch chi’n dathlu Sadwrn Cymdeithasol, cofiwch rannu eich profiadau ar Twitter drwy ddefnyddio’r hashnod #socialsaturday / #sadwrncymdeithasol.

* Edrychwch ar wefannau unigol i gael manylion amseroedd agor a lleoliadau.

Written by Ieuan Nash

September 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

Celebrate #SocialSaturday in South East Wales

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Saturday 13 September 2014 is Social Saturday, a UK-wide campaign run by Social Enterprise UK to encourage people to buy from social enterprises.

So how can you join in and support social enterprises in South East Wales? Here are my top tips…:

1. Chapter Arts Centre

Head down to Chapter in Canton, Cardiff and take in a film, theatre performance or live music event. If you don’t fancy anything quite so cultural, then Chapter’s award-winning caffi-bar has a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere at all times of day, seven days a week.

 2. Fair Do’s

Just over the road from Chapter is Fair Do’s, a shop which has been selling fair trade goods throughout South Wales for over 20 years. The shop stocks a huge range of fair trade goods, including foods & beverages, toys & games, musical instruments & CDs, jewellery & accessories, cards & paper, throws & bedding, clothing & underwear, photo albums & picture frames, wall hangings & wind chimes, crafts & homewares…the list goes on and on!

 3. RCMA Farmers’ Markets

RCMA runs a number of markets in Cardiff which provide small scale local producers with the opportunity to trade directly with the public; and give local people access to affordable, fresh produce sold direct by Welsh producers. Head to Riverside, Roath, Rhiwbina or Whitchurch to find great local food which doesn’t cost the earth.

riverside market







4. Park View Café

Located opposite Victoria Park, Park View Café is a lovely café which offers fantastic food and brilliant service. Stop in for coffee and a cake, grab a bite of lunch, or take away one of their salad boxes for a picnic in the park.

 5. Penarth Pier Pavilion

Newly renovated Penarth Pier Pavilion was recently voted Wales’ most treasured landmark as part of a major campaign by the National Trust Wales. The Pier offers an exciting exhibitions programme and a full events schedule including films and live music. Its café is open daily from 10am for breakfast, lunch & tea with daily specials and its own home-baked delicious cakes that can be enjoyed with a stunning sea view.

Penarth Pier








6. Cosmeston Medieval Village

Set within Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is Cosmeston Medieval Village.| Step back in time and enter a superbly reconstructed 14th century village. Entry to Cosmeston Medieval Village and small museum is free, however, guided tours are available daily by a costumed villager in character. During your visit you may recognise some of the sights from the BBC’s TV series ‘Merlin’ as many scenes were filmed at Cosmeston Medieval Village.

 7. Celtic Leisure

Did you know that the company which runs leisure centres in Neath Port Talbot was a social enterprise? So why not go for a swim, take part in a fitness class, or visit the health suite at one of its eight professional, customer focused and accessible leisure centres.

 8. Sussed Wales, Porthcawl

Sussed, established by Sustainable Wales, offers a fabulous and ethical range of gifts, clothes, bags, accessories, beautiful and unique furniture, household items, books and delicious fairtrade and organic foods. Many items are made from recycled materials or are fairtrade. So if you’re after a touch of eco-chic, head to the shop in Porthcawl or buy something online.

 9. Glyncorrwg Ponds, Port Talbot

Set amidst the 9,000 acres of the Afan Forest Park, the Glyncorrwg Ponds and the surrounding countryside make a great day out for the whole family. Mountain biking, trout fishing, coarse fishing, and canoeing are the most popular sports, plus miles of old flat railway lines and steep mountain slopes providing day’s worth of cycling and walking.


10. Cambrian Football Club

Located in Clydach Vale in the Rhondda, Cambrian Football Club is a social enterprise which funds sports training and activities for children and young people in the area. On Social Saturday, you can catch the team playing Cardiff Metropolitan University (away) at 2.30pm.

11. Valleys Golf Enterprise

If you’re a golf enthusiast, Valleys Golf Enterprise has got everything you need! Why not visit their new driving range at Pontygwaith in the Rhondda. Every penny raised goes into the development of golf facilities in Wales and provides opportunities for people to try the sport.

 12. Canolfan Soar, Merthyr Tydfil

Canolfan Soar aims to promote the use of the Welsh language in Merthyr Tydfil and is the location of Theatr Soar, Siop y Ganolfan and Caffi Cwtsh. Why not visit the caffi for a coffee or pancake, buy a book or CD from Siop y Ganolfan, participate in a workshop or attend a performance at Theatr Soar.

13. Tyfu Café, Caerphilly

Located in the historic town centre of Caerphilly, Tyfu Cafe is a social enterprise staffed by local, passionate volunteers who have the drive to provide the best eating out experience they can. Treat yourself to one of their excellent coffees or a bite of lunch.

 14. Fourteen Locks Canal Centre, Newport

Situated at the top of a unique flight of locks in Rogerstone, Newport, the Canal Centre has a wonderful tea room, exhibitions about canals, an art exhibition and also organises walks.

15. Vintage Vision, Abergavenny

Vintage Vision is a goldmine of vintage and retro clothing. The organisation has two shops, one in Chepstow and one in Blaenavon, which stocks clothing from 1880 to 1980 that is classic beautiful, fashionable (again) or just plain lovely. It also does a mean line in really ‘cheesy’ vintage – just what you need for that fancy dress party!

 16. Buy a Big Issue

If all else fails, you could simply buy a copy of the Big Issue. One of the UK’s best known social enterprises, the Big Issue offers people who are homeless the opportunity to earn their own money; a livelihood.

The Social Saturday campaign was started by the Wales Co-operative Centre in Wales in 2013 so it’s really exciting to see it rolled out across the UK. Last year, social enterprises all over Wales took part to showcase the best of what they do.

If you’ve got any other ideas about how to support social enterprises for Social Saturday, let us know via Twitter (@WalesCoopCentre). Whatever you do to celebrate Social Saturday, don’t forget to share your experiences on twitter using the hashtag #socialsaturday.

*Please check individual websites for details of opening times and locations.

Written by Catherine Evans

September 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Dathlwch #SadwrnCymdeithasol yn y De-ddwyrain

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Ddydd Sadwrn 13 Medi 2014 yw dydd Sadwrn Cymdeithasol, ymgyrch ledled y DU gan Menter Gymdeithasol y DU i annog pobl i brynu cynnyrch mentrau cymdeithasol.

Felly sut allwch chi ymuno a chefnogi mentrau cymdeithasol yn y De-ddwyrain? Dyma fy awgrymiadau i…

1. Canolfan Gelfyddydau Chapter
Ewch draw i Chapter yn Nhreganna, Caerdydd i fwynhau ffilm, perfformiad theatr neu ddigwyddiad cerddoriaeth byw. Os nad yw rhywbeth lawn mor ddiwylliannol at eich dant, yna beth am flasu awyrgylch bywiog a chroesawgar caffi-bar arobryn Chapter unrhyw adeg o’r dydd, gydol yr wythnos.

2. Siopa Teg
Dafliad carreg o Chapter mae Siopa Teg, siop sydd wedi bod yn gwerthu nwyddau masnach deg ledled y De ers ugain mlynedd a mwy. Mae’r siop yn gwerthu pob math o nwyddau masnach deg, gan gynnwys bwydydd a diodydd, teganau a gemau, offerynnau cerdd a CDs, gemwaith ac ategolion, cardiau a phapur, carthenni a dillad gwely, dillad a dillad isaf, albymau lluniau a fframiau lluniau, crogluniau a chlychau gwynt, crefftau a nwyddau i’r cartref … a llawer iawn mwy!

3. Marchnadoedd Ffermwyr RCMA
Mae RCMA yn cynnal nifer o farchnadoedd yng Nghaerdydd sy’n rhoi cyfle i gynhyrchwyr lleol sy’n cynhyrchu ar raddfa fach i fasnachu’n uniongyrchol â’r cyhoedd; ac yn cynnig cyfle i bobl leol brynu cynnyrch fforddiadwy, ffres a werthir gan gynhyrchwyr yng Nghymru. Ewch draw i Lan-yr-afon, y Rhath, Rhiwbeina neu’r Eglwys Newydd i gael bwyd lleol gwych heb dalu crocbris amdano.

riverside market







4. Caffi Park View
Gyferbyn â Pharc Fictoria mae’r caffi hyfryd hwn sy’n cynnig bwyd penigamp a gwasanaeth gwych. Galwch am goffi a chacen, rhywbeth ysgafn i ginio, neu ewch ag un o’u saladau gyda chi i gael picnic yn y parc.

5. Pafiliwn Pier Penarth
Mewn pleidlais ddiweddar, daeth Pafiliwn Pier Penarth, sydd newydd ei adnewyddu, i’r brig fel y tirnod a drysorir fwyaf yng Nghymru fel rhan o ymgyrch fawr gan yr Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol yng Nghymru. Mae’r Pier yn cynnig rhaglen gyffrous o arddangosfeydd ac amserlen lawn o ddigwyddiadau gan gynnwys ffilmiau a cherddoriaeth fyw. Mae’r caffi yn agor bob dydd o 10am ymlaen i weini brecwast, cinio a the gyda danteithion arbennig dyddiol a chacennau cartref blasus i’w mwynhau gyda golygfa odidog o’r môr.

Penarth Pier








6. Pentref Canoloesol Cosmeston
Mae Pentref Canoloesol Cosmeston ym Mharc Gwledig Llynnoedd Cosmeston. Camwch yn ôl drwy’r canrifoedd ac i bentref gwych sydd wedi’i ailadeiladu fel pentref o’r bedwaredd ganrif ar ddeg. Mae mynediad i’r pentref a’r amgueddfa fach am ddim, fodd bynnag, mae teithiau tywys ar gael bob dydd gan bentrefwr yng ngwisg cymeriadau’r cyfnod. Efallai y bydd ambell fan yn canu cloch, gan i lawer o olygfeydd o gyfres deledu’r BBC ‘Merlin’ gael eu ffilmio ym Mhentref Canoloesol Cosmeston.

7. Celtic Leisure
Oeddech chi’n gwybod mai menter gymdeithasol yw’r cwmni sy’n rhedeg canolfannau hamdden yng Nghastell-nedd Port Talbot? Beth am fynd i nofio, cymryd rhan mewn dosbarth ffitrwydd, neu ymweld â’r ystafell iechyd yn un o’i wyth canolfan hamdden broffesiynol a hygyrch sy’n canolbwyntio ar gwsmeriaid.

8. Sussed Cymru, Porthcawl
Mae Sussed, a sefydlwyd gan Cymru Gynhaliol, yn cynnig detholiad gwych a moesegol o anrhegion, dillad, bagiau, ategolion, dodrefn hardd ac unigryw, eitemau i’r cartref, llyfrau a bwydydd masnach deg ac organig blasus. Mae llawer o’r eitemau yn cael eu gwneud o ddeunyddiau wedi’u hailgylchu neu rai masnach deg. Felly os mai tipyn o eco-chic yw’r peth i chi, galwch yn y siop ym Mhorthcawl neu prynwch rywbeth ar-lein.

9. Pyllau Glyncorrwg, Port Talbot
Mae Pyllau Glyncorrwg yn rhan o barc 9,000 erw Parc Coedwig Afan, ac mae’r pyllau a’r cefn gwlad o’u cwmpas yn gyrchfan heb ei ail ar gyfer y teulu cyfan. Beicio mynydd, pysgota brithyll, pysgota bras a chanŵio yw’r chwaraeon mwyaf poblogaidd, ac mae’r milltiroedd o hen reilffyrdd gwastad a llethrau serth yn wych ar gyfer diwrnod o feicio a cherdded.









10. Clwb Pêl-droed Cambrian
Yng Nghwm Clydach yn y Rhondda mae Clwb Pêl-droed Cambrian, menter gymdeithasol sy’n ariannu hyfforddiant a gweithgareddau chwaraeon i blant a phobl ifanc yn yr ardal. Ar Sadwrn Cymdeithasol, gallwch weld y tîm chwarae yn erbyn Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd (oddi cartref) am 2.30pm.

11. Menter Valleys Golf
Os mai golff yw’r gêm i chi, mae pob un dim a allai fod ei angen arnoch gan Fenter Valleys Golf! Beth am ymweld â’u maes ymarfer newydd ym Mhont-y-gwaith, Cwm Rhondda? Mae pob ceiniog a godir yn cael ei gwario ar ddatblygu cyfleusterau golff yng Nghymru ac yn rhoi cyfle i bobl roi cynnig ar y gamp.

12. Canolfan Soar, Merthyr Tudful
Nod Canolfan Soar yw hyrwyddo’r defnydd o’r Gymraeg ym Merthyr Tudful a dyma gartref Theatr Soar, Siop y Ganolfan a Chaffi Cwtsh. Beth am ymweld â’r caffi am goffi neu grempog, prynu llyfr neu CD o Siop y Ganolfan, cymryd rhan mewn gweithdy neu fynd i berfformiad yn Theatr Soar?

13. Caffi Tyfu, Caerffili
Mae’r caffi yng nghanol tref hanesyddol Caerffili yn fenter gymdeithasol gyda gwirfoddolwyr brwdfrydig lleol wrth y llyw, sydd â’r nod o gynnig y profiad bwyta mas gorau posib i bawb. Beth am roi cynnig ar un o’u coffis rhagorol neu ginio blasus?

14. Canolfan Gamlas Fourteen Locks, Casnewydd
Mae’r Ganolfan Gamlas ar ben uchaf rhes unigryw o lociau yn y Tŷ-du, Casnewydd, ac mae ganddi ystafell de hyfryd, arddangosfeydd am gamlesi, arddangosfa gelf yn ogystal â theithiau cerdded wedi’u trefnu.

15. Vintage Vision, Y Fenni
Mae Vintage Vision yn drysorfa o ddillad vintage a retro. Mae gan y sefydliad ddwy siop, un yng Nghas-gwent a’r llall ym Mlaenafon, sy’n gwerthu dillad o’r cyfnod rhwng 1880-1980 sy’n glasurol, yn hardd, yn ffasiynol (eto) neu’n ddim mwy na bendigedig. Mae yna gasgliad o ddillad o’r oes o’r blaen yno hefyd na fyddech am eu gwisgo heblaw’ch bod yn mynd i barti gwisg ffansi!

16. Prynu’r Big Issue
Os na allwch wneud dim byd arall, fe allech chi brynu copi o’r Big Issue. Dyma un o fentrau cymdeithasol mwyaf adnabyddus y DU, sy’n cynnig cyfle i bobl ddigartref ennill eu harian eu hunain; bywoliaeth.

Dechreuwyd ymgyrch Sadwrn Cymdeithasol yng Nghymru gan Ganolfan Cydweithredol Cymru yn 2013, felly gwych o beth yw ei gweld yn cael ei chyflwyno ledled y DU. Y llynedd, bu mentrau cymdeithasol ledled Cymru’n cymryd rhan ynddi i arddangos y gorau o’u cynnyrch a’u gwasanaethau.

Os oes gennych chi unrhyw syniadau eraill ynglŷn â sut i gefnogi mentrau cymdeithasol fel rhan o Sadwrn Cymdeithasol, rhowch wybod i ni drwy Twitter (@WalesCoopCentre). Sut bynnag fyddwch chi’n dathlu Sadwrn Cymdeithasol, cofiwch rannu eich profiadau ar Twitter drwy ddefnyddio’r hashnod #socialsaturday / #sadwrncymdeithasol.

* Edrychwch ar wefannau unigol i gael manylion amseroedd agor a lleoliadau.

Written by Catherine Evans

September 9, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Posted in co-operatives


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