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Social Enterprise Awards Wales – Social Enterprise Supporter of the Year

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The Wales Co-operative Centre and Welsh Social Enterprise Coalition are hosting the Social Enterprise Awards Wales in Prestatyn on 19th October. In advance, of the event we are previewing some of the shortlisted nominees. Today we look at the shortlisted nominees for Social Enterprise Supporter of the Year.

Social Enterprise Supporter of the Year

  • Coalfields Regeneration Trust (Pontypridd)

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is the leading regeneration organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life in Britain’s coalfield communities. They have been supporting these communities since 1999, investing more than £14 million into community regeneration. Their mission is “to work closely with partners and be the key agency to deliver, champion and broker social and economic regeneration for the benefit of former coalfields communities in Britain”. They have a substantial track record in creating and growing the social enterprise sector across the former coalfields areas. They believe that creating local social enterprises which provide services and activities can provide sustainable jobs, high quality skills and training and improve environmental impact.

  • St Illtyds Communities First Partnership (Abertillery)

St Illtyds Communities First is part of a Welsh Government anti-poverty campaign which has been established for 10 years.  The team consists of 5 individuals who are dedicated to supporting and encouraging initiatives that make positive changes to the social economy. They work in Llanhilleth Institute supporting communities from Brynithel, Swffryd, Aberbeeg and Llanhilleth. St Illtyd’s Communities First has been responsible for starting up and supporting 3 social enterprises and creating 16 jobs in a socially deprived area of Wales. Their work has supported;  Llanhilleth Miners Institute to access funding for a major restoration project and creating 12 jobs; SWITCH.uk.com to access funding and facilitated the creation of a company that has created 2 jobs and work for freelance artists in the area; Swffryd Bistro by providing advice and support for their fund raising activities. They have also enabled the community group to start the process of creating their own social enterprise. St Illtyd’s Communities First Partnership demonstrates the power of working together, providing enterprises with trade opportunities, providing networking opportunities and promoting referrals.

  • City and County of Swansea

City & County of Swansea Housing Renewals & Adaptations Department supports private sector housing by delivering assistance to help private owners and tenants to repair, maintain or adapt their homes. It provides information on the approach of City & County of Swansea, as a local authority, to improving the energy efficiency of homes across all tenures.  City & County of Swansea has provided support and been available to reflect, counsel and steer changes to other organisations that resulted in the development of social enterprises such as Swansea Care & Repair Services.

The Wales Co-operative Centre and Welsh Social Enterprise Coalition are hosting the Social Enterprise Awards Wales in Prestatyn on 19th October. In advance of the event, we are previewing some of the shortlisted nominees. Today we look at the shortlisted nominees for Social Enterprise Start Up of the Year.

Come back soon to find out more about the shortlisted nominees for Social Enterprise of the Year.

Written by David Madge

October 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

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