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Welsh social businesses make ‘Top 300’ list

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Would you be surprised to know that the latest edition of a list, charting Wales’ top 300 firms, contains a number of companies that are, in some way, social businesses?

Well, that’s the case in this year’s Top 300 list, published by The Western Mail in association with the University of South Wales.

At least eight businesses on the list work to social objectives, in different ways, with one in the top five. On turnover alone (£736.5m), Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig is the leading operating social enterprise in Wales.

There are two mutuals on the list – Principality (18th) and Monmouthshire Building Society (106th). Other social enterprises in the top 300 include the Wales Millennium Centre (267) and Cartrefi Cymru, which supports adults with learning disabilities and autism (290).

Shaw Healthcare

Shaw Healthcare

Shaw Healthcare is the leading co-operative on the list, at 64th. Dulas, which is a worker co-op in the renewable energy sector, comes in at 299.

You’d be forgiven for overlooking Swansea City AFC, which occupies 92nd place in this particular table. The Premier League football club is part-owned by Swansea City Supporters’ Trust, which is a form of co-operative.

It’s also encouraging to see the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) in the top 300, at 281, as the umbrella organisation for the voluntary sector in Wales.

To make the list is no mean feat. To quote David Pickernell, professor of economic development policy and director of the Centre for Enterprise, University of Wales School of Business, “To be included in the Top 300, companies have to have a significant and identifiable management and trading presence in Wales. The order of the list is determined by the last recorded turnover”. While highlighting that five of the top ten in the list are ‘home-grown’ companies – including Glas Cymru Cyfyngedig (the parent company of Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig) – Professor Pickernell goes on to make another important point that is relevant to the social business sector: “Many of the companies in this year’s Top 300 would have started out as small businesses. We therefore also need to focus on developing entrepreneurial mindsets, behaviours and skills in our young people so that they can meet and overcome the challenges that lie before us all, and more importantly help Wales retain the talent which will put us at the forefront of the coveted knowledge-based, creative, growing economy that we all wish to see”.



This point was perfectly complemented by a special feature in the Top 300 supplement, published by the Western Mail last week, which highlights the winners of this year’s Social Enterprise Awards Wales. That particular list of winners includes Monwel Signs Ltd, which took the ‘One to Watch’ prize at the recent UK Social Enterprise Awards.

It is essential that social businesses are seen as part of a mixed economy in Wales, offering opportunities for growth and sustainability just like any other form of business. Let’s hope those that have made this year’s Top 300 help to inspire more social businesses to make the list in 2015.

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Written by Mark Smith

December 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Welsh social enterprises losing out on digital boom

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New research from Lloyds Bank shows that many SMEs are missing out on the benefits of being online, and that community groups and social enterprises are lagging behind.  As Director of Strategic Development & Performance at the Wales Co-operative Centre, I’ve looked into what the study means for social businesses here. soc ent comm 2 point 0

The Lloyds Bank research gives a snapshot of how SMEs, including social enterprises, use the internet.  The backdrop is that business is increasingly being done online: this year, UK consumers are forecast to spend £107 billion on the web, an increase of 17% year on year.

And it’s not just buying that’s going online, it’s giving too.  Charities that can accept donations over the internet, saw a 27% increase in the number of contributions they receive. In 2013, £2.5 million was raised online from 3.7 million Tweets through social media service Twitter and Just Giving. This was an increase of 448% on 2011.

And yet the facts in the Lloyds Bank UK survey are stark:

  • Around a third of SMEs and social enterprises don’t have websites
  • Social enterprises are much less likely to be online than for-private-profit businesses
  • Just 28% of community groups and social enterprises have the skills to transact online
  • A quarter of community groups and social enterprises feel that the internet isn’t relevant to them

The Wales Co-operative Centre’s experience of running the Social Enterprise Support and Communities 2.0 projects is that an effective ICT strategy is integral to the success of flourishing social enterprises.  The Welsh Government funded Communities 2.0 project has supported over 800 social enterprises and community groups, conducting ICT reviews and supporting investment in new systems to increase revenue, create jobs and improve business efficiency.  For example, the Wales Co-operative Centre’s support to Canolfan Soar in Merthyr Tydfil has helped the enterprise increase the proportion of their income that comes from trading from 35% to 65%.

Independent analysts Booz and Co. estimate full digital take up, with everyone online, could add £63 billion value to the UK economy.  The danger is that community organisations and social enterprises will continue to lag behind the rest of the economy.  They will lose out.  Our Social Enterprise Support and Communities 2.0 projects have had a huge impact already, and Wales needs specialist ICT support to social enterprises to continue.

Written by Dave Brown

November 24, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Plans announced for accelerated rollout of Universal Credit after success in the North West

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On September 29th in a DWP press release, the Work and Pensions Secretary, Ian Duncan Smith, said; “Universal Credit will be rolled out to all Job Centres and local authorities across the country from early next year”. This marks a significant acceleration in one of the government’s biggest reforms and is a sign of the success of the policy so far. This expansion will be for new claims from single jobseekers.

The Wales Co-operative Centre’s Financial Inclusion Project Manger, Jocelle Lovell, asks is this the calm before the storm, and what does this mean for Wales?

This signals the start of things to come, for a long time we have been waiting on a clear timeline in respect of the roll out of Universal Credit (UC) and here we have it. Whilst it is only starting with ‘new claims from single jobseekers’, which many will argue are the easiest people to work with. It still signifies a commitment to drive forward the changes, and sends out a clear message to us all that we need to be prepared. This means a joined up approach, mapping and knowing the services available within a local authority area, referral routes to support including face to face, online and over the phone. The local support services frameworks that will underpin UC are currently being tested in 11 sites across the UK, two of which are in Wales, Carmarthenshire and Blaenau Gwent.

Alongside this are some great examples where LA’s and service providers have come together in a one stop shop model including Cardiff and Flintshire while others like Caerphilly are maximising the use of library facilities to deliver digital Friday sessions. But we still have some way to go to cope with a full UC roll out.

For a long time the Centre has been working to address some of the key concerns raised by the introduction of UC, including financial & digital inclusion through our Financual Inclusion Champions, Communities 2.0 and Tackling Homelessness through Financial Inclusion (THFI) projects and moving people closer to the jobs market through the Social Enterprise Support Project (SESP)  and Communities 2.0.

Back in 2012, the Centre developed and launched the website. Its main purpose is to provide an easy to use site that directs people to expert money and debt advice and other support, without them having to trawl through different websites and endless pages of information. Our experience has shown that people who are less financially and/or digitally capable can be intimidated by the way some websites look & respond, and by the language they use. This, in particular in Wales, is a big concern given our low literacy level (the National Survey of Adult Skills in Wales in 2010 revealed 12% of working age adults have below entry level literacy skills). We have further developed the site to include a work and money section, that is aimed at those people who are less financially or digitally able and are moving closer to world of work.

Written by Ieuan Nash

October 2, 2014 at 2:23 pm

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

Mae Sadwrn Cymdeithasol newydd dyfu!

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Derek Walker

Derek Walker

Canolfan Cydweithredol Cymru Prif Weithredwr, Derek Walker, blogiau am y digwyddiad Dydd Sadwrn Cymdeithasol sydd ar y gweill ar 13 Medi. Mae Dydd Sadwrn Cymdeithasol yn anelu at roi hwb i nifer y bobl sy’n prynu gan fentrau cymdeithasol.

Yn dilyn llwyddiant ein hymgyrchoedd menter gymdeithasol Sadwrn Cymdeithasol a Cefnogi’r Cyfan y llynedd, mae’n bleser gennym gyhoeddi bod Menter Gymdeithasol y DU yn ymestyn yr ymgyrch Sadwrn Cymdeithasol ar draws y DU yn 2014!

Rydym wrth ein boddau bod y corff cynrychioli cenedlaethol dros Fentrau Cymdeithasol y Deyrnas Unedig wedi mabwysiadu ein hymgyrch ac y bydd ein dull arloesol yn cael ei hyrwyddo ledled Lloegr a’r Alban yn ogystal â Chymru!

Bydd y Sadwrn Cymdeithasol cenedlaethol cyntaf yn y DU yn digwydd ddydd Sadwrn 13 Medi 2014.

Mae Arolwg Menter Gymdeithasol y DU 2013 o Gyflwr Mentrau Cymdeithasol y DU yn dangos bod mentrau cymdeithasol yn masnachu’n bennaf â’r cyhoedd ond er bod tri chwarter o’r cyhoedd yn cefnogi’r syniad o fentrau cymdeithasol, mae ymwybyddiaeth ohonynt yn parhau’n isel.

Social Saturday logo

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Bydd Sadwrn Cymdeithasol yn ceisio codi ymwybyddiaeth o fentrau cymdeithasol ac yn annog prynwyr i ‘brynu’n gymdeithasol’. Mae’n gyfle i’r sector ‘greu sŵn’ ac yn llwyfan i fentrau cymdeithasol brynu a hyrwyddo’u cynnyrch a’u gwasanaethau. Bydd Sadwrn Cymdeithasol yn cael ei gefnogi gan ymgyrch Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus genedlaethol.

Y bwriad yw gwneud Sadwrn Cymdeithasol yn ddigwyddiad blynyddol y gall y sector adeiladu arno, a bydd yn ceisio cynnwys cynghorau lleol, Aelodau’r Cynulliad, Aelodau Seneddol, gweinidogion a busnesau. Nod y diwrnod yw rhoi hwb i grwpiau a chymunedau er mwyn codi ymwybyddiaeth o fenter gymdeithasol mewn trefi, dinasoedd a phentrefi.

Rydym yn falch o gefnogi’r Sadwrn Cymdeithasol cyntaf ar draws y DU (ond cofiwch, fan hyn y gwelsoch chi ef gyntaf)!

I gymryd rhan, ewch i:

Derek Walker, Prif Weithredwr, Canolfan Cydweithredol Cymru

Written by Ieuan Nash

August 14, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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