Describe your project
Antur Waunfawr is a leading social enterprise that offers health and wellbeing opportunities, work placements and support for individuals with learning disabilities in their community. We’re currently working with the local community and surgery on a project that will bridge the generation gap, offering individuals who can be lonely within the community - or find it difficult to connect with others for various reasons - to take part in various health and wellbeing activities and sessions together with Antur Waunfawr’s individuals. These opportunities will include gardening, walking, cooking sessions and other sport activities such as boccia, walking football and cycling. We’re also working alongside youth services, North Wales Police and local PCSOs to tackle anti-social behaviour and vandalism within the community. The aims of the project are to contribute to better health and wellbeing, tackling loneliness within the community, bridging the generation gap and reducing the level of antisocial behaviour.
How will your project benefit your local community?
As a social enterprise, our main aim is to contribute to a thriving local community whilst ensuring that the individuals we support play a valued part in their community. Following discussions with the local GP, social services and local residents, it is evident that isolation and loneliness is a growing issue, and anti-social behaviour contributes to this problem. Antur Waunfawr offers a safe place with friendly staff who are eager to help others, where members of the community can join in with activities. There is an increasing level of anti-social behaviour in Waunfawr, and after discussions with North Wales Police and the local PCSO, we want to work with the local youth service and invite the younger generation to take part in activities, alongside the elderly and individuals with learning disabilities. Everyone benefits from bridging the generation gap. These benefits include opportunities to learn new skills and different methods of doing things; being acceptable of all ages, abilities and limitations; providing new direction and purpose, and reducing isolation for the elderly. There will also be health benefits for the community – it can improve mental and physical health by offering new social opportunities and increasing mobility and movement, which will, over time, improve fitness and general health. This will eventually decrease the strain on public health services.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
We will be working with Waunfawr Surgery, North Wales Police and PCSOs as well as the local youth services which have all recently been subject to reduction in their funding. We are also working with Gwynedd Council’s Adults, Health and Wellbeing department and Social Services. Having worked with the community for 35 years, we work in partnership with a range of organisations in Gwynedd and beyond. These include Dementia Go, Cadw, Bangor University, Headway brain injury association, Disability Sport Wales, Mind, special needs schools including Ysgol Pendalar and Ysgol Hafod Lon, Sustrans, Age Cymru Gwynedd a Mon, and many more.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
Our project is open to anyone of all ages in the area of Waunfawr, which has a population of over 1,200. We foresee that this project will benefit the whole community in general but working directly with 70 individuals with disability including the friends and family of individuals which take part, as well as 25 elderly residents and 50 referrals from the public services including health and policing.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
The funding would be spent on equipment and items for the planned activities such as wood, tools, seeds, soil, ingredients and equipment for cooking classes, sports equipment as well as any other appropriate items required to conduct successful activities. Whole project costs: Equipment and items - £2500 (Gardening equipment: steel toecap shoes, tools, soil, plants, seeds; Cooking equipment: pots, pans, utensils, ingredients; Sport equipment: 2 boccia sets, footballs, bike hire)
When and why was your project founded?
After discussions with Waunfawr Surgery, Gwynedd Council, Social Services, North Wales Police, PCSOs and youth services, we recognised that there is clearly a need for a project that bridges the generation gap in Waunfawr due to loneliness and isolation among the elderly, and anti-social behaviour amongst the younger generation.