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Working with Rae and Pencoed Growers – Digital Day 2013

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We’re running a social media ‘marathon’ for the ‘Digital Day’ of Adult Learners’ Week, led by Communities 2.0 and NIACE Dysgu Cymru.

Our Marketing Officers are out and about, visiting special activities on Digital Day. Here’s a report from David Madge…

I’ve joined Rae, one of the Communities 2.0 Circuit Riders with Yvonne at Pencoed Growers near Llanilltid, just off Junction 35 of the M4.pencoed growers 2

Pencoed Growers is a supplier of home grown, organic salads and vegetables. Rae has been working with them to develop a WordPress website, a Facebook company page and to streamline their email marketing approach.

When we arrived this morning Yvonne had a list of questions ready for Rae. These included how to use her new email programme, how to edit posts on Facebook and how to upload photo’s on to Facebook.

Yvonne had recently bought a new laptop and her email contacts list hadn’t transferred correctly to her new laptop. Rae was able to help her find her contact groups, import them into the email system and help her to send out a test email.

Yvonne wanted to let her customers know about their new Facebook page but didn’t know how to put the link from Facebook into an email. Rae showed her how to copy and paste the link and explained how the link could be included in a permanent email signature.

We’ve looked at adding pictures to Facebook and how to build up followers and friends on a company page and on a personal page. As Pencoed Growers produces fresh farm produce they benefit from the seasonality of their produce: as fresh crops are ready there is a steady stream of information and pictures that can be added to the Facebook page. We discussed a regular update on the growth of their Christmas trees, veg faces and directly informing customers when a new crop is ready and on sale. At the moment there are turnips ready to go – I’m not a big fan of turnips but I didn’t realise they could be eaten raw in salads – we discussed putting images of turnip salads on Facebook with a recipe.

produce grown at Pencoed Growers

Some of the produce at Pencoed Growers

Rae has been going through the Facebook privacy settings on the accounts to limit searchability on external search engines and to limit people tagging images.

Next step… Twitter!

Further information about Pencoed Growers can  be found on their website or their Facebook page.


Written by David Madge

May 24, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Social Enterprise Awards Wales – Social Enterprise Leader of the Year nominees

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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 Leader of the year.

Social Enterprise Leader of the Year

  •          Cam Nicholl of Digital Accessibility Centre (Neath)

Cam Nicholl is in charge of Sales & Service Development at the Digital Accessibility Centre in Neath.  Her passion for Digital Inclusion is well known and respected and she has worked tirelessly to drive this new Social Enterprise forward at a rapid pace.  The company started in Jan 2011 with a virtually non-existent budget.  DAC traded ‘in the black’ during their first year, and continues to do so today. Cam has spent many late nights writing lengthy tenders and quotes to secure commercial contracts, many of which they have won.

The Digital Accessibility Centre has also been nominated for Social Enterprise of the Year.

  •          Kelly Davies of Viability (Conwy)

 Kelly Davies has been Managing Director of  Vi-ability for nearly three years. Kelly has succeeded in positioning Vi-ability as one of the leading personal development/employment facing sport industry programmes in UK and Europe for socially disadvantaged participants Itproduces consistently positive outcomes in relation to engagement, retention and progression.  It has had a life changing impact on many participants and has created a new energy in the community justice landscape. Kelly also carried the ‘Olympic Torch’ on May 29th 2012 for her achievements in sport and the local community.

  •          Maggie Berry of Swansea Care and Repair Services

 Maggie Berry has been Chief Officer with Swansea Care & Repair for 13 years and became Director of Swansea Care and Repair Services when it was established as a social enterprise in 2011. Swansea Care and Repair Services works to provide independent, practical advice, advocacy and support services including facilitating property adaptations, repairs, improvements, upgrades and renovations to elderly and disabled client’s homes. Maggie Berry was the driving force behind the establishment of the new social enterprise, developing a business plan and establishing a structure that would recognise their social aims and plans for future expansion. She was instrumental in co-ordinating the separation of charity and commercial services with the formation of Care & Repair Services.

Swansea Care and Repair Services has also been nominated for Social Enterprise Start Up of the Year.

Come back soon to find out more about the shortlisted nominees for Social Enterprise Start Up of the Year, Social Enterprise of the Year and Social Enterprise Supporter of the Year.

Holiday history – add yours here!

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As the height of summer nears, a website dedicated to the history of Wales and its people is calling for people to share their holiday stories from popular destinations across the country.

Blaenau Gwent visitors and locals alike are being urged to share their memories and photographs online at People’s Collection Wales.

The bilingual website is dedicated to sharing the history and experience of Wales and its people with the world. Nearly 30,000 items – from old photographs to video stories – can be found there.

Rheinallt Ffoster-Jones of People’s Collection Wales said: “Wales is an area of outstanding natural beauty recognised throughout the world. Photographs could highlight not only changes in the type of visitors, recreational activities and types of businesses, but economic change, culture and attitudes.”

For more information or to upload your items to the People’s Collection Wales visit the website

Source: Wales Online

The People’s Collection Wales website is run by Digital Heritage in the Community – an initiative supported by Communities 2.0.


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Written by C Kenzie

August 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm

The young, the Welsh and women: Britain’s new coupon clipping heroes

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New research from CouponCoupon uncovers a new generation of savvy money savers.

Cutting out coupons from the back of packets may be a thing of the past, but research has uncovered a new generation of British coupon clippers thriving on the digital alternative.

An online YouGov survey of over 2,000 British adults, commissioned by, reveals that women, those aged between 25-34 years and those living in Wales, are making the biggest savings by tapping into the benefits of coupon, discount and voucher codes.

Intent on shopping around and never paying full price, the survey shows that 25-34 year olds think they are saving on average more than £300 a year by using coupon, discount and voucher codes – almost £50 more than the national average. Almost half (48%) search for voucher codes before checking out online, compared to 32% nationally, while as many as 43% visit a coupon or voucher code site when shopping, compared to just 28% across Britain.

When it comes to differences between male and female buying habits, when shopping or thinking about buying an item, 32% of women will visit a coupon code site, compared to 25% of men. In addition, 28% of women said they are more likely to shop with a retailer they have a coupon for than one they don’t, compared to 22% of men.

Almost half of people living in Wales (47%) search for a voucher code before buying online, with other regions seemingly less switched on to the benefits, such as Scotland (22%) and those in the North West (28%).

Kenny DeAngelis, founder of, comments: “The children of the early eighties remember queuing up at the supermarket with their parents, armed with coupons cut out from magazines and the back of packets to save on the weekly shop. Those 25-34 year olds are now leading a new wave of money saving in Britain. It’s cool to coupon and these canny shoppers have no hesitation in cashing in vouchers or using coupon codes to bag a bargain.”

Source: Response Source

Communities 2.0 have produced a series of How to guides. Read How to save money online – offers and vouchers websites for a guide to the coupon websites.


For more information and support with getting online and using new technologies, visit

Written by C Kenzie

June 3, 2011 at 9:18 am

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