Recently funded

Cwrt Y Glyn Community Garden Association

Their funding will complete work on their community hub and garden, that will bring a rural community together.

The Olive Branch Day Centre

Olive Branch Day Centre provides services to rough sleepers in the Pill area of Newport.  The Olive Branch offers a welcoming safe space, hot meals, snacks, hot drinks, clothes, toiletries, help and support and advocacy to enable homeless people to improve their situation. The volunteers are also trained to provide advocacy services for their clients relating to shelter provision, housing services, food bank vouchers and for medical appointments, and benefit forms. The funding will be to employ a manager to oversee the opening of the centre on a Saturday and Sunday and extra utilities and provisions.

Rhondda Food Bank (Hope Church)

Hope Church plan to spend their funding on items that increase the capacity of the food bank including a chest freezer and two fridges to distribute fresh and frozen food. In order to create a space where people can access further help a wall mounted leaflet dispenser, two pull up banners and three Chrome books to be used for applying for jobs or connecting with other services.  Soup kettles and hot drink dispensers to enable the foodbank to run a free lunch to allow people to talk and make friends.

Oasis Coffee Shop

They provide a healthy meal to all children within the community over the school holidays, produce recipe cards for children to take home and hold competitions where children could win a prize.

Swansea Storm

Swansea Storm Wheelchair basketball applied for funding from Pobl Trust to help set up a women’s basketball team focused on inclusion and getting more women interested in the sport. We caught up with the newly-established team at their first game.

Penplas Family Centre

Penplas Family Centre run by @Faithinfamilies applied for funding to help run and expand their breakfast club for children and families in the school holidays as well as vulnerable and lonely older people. We visited during half term to see for ourselves how important it is for local families in the school holidays.

Share Centre

Katherine and Nicola are two ‘Crafty Women’ from @SHARENewport whose project needed funding to help bring people together to learn new skills with craft projects as well as address social isolation through friendly group sessions. We dropped by to take part in a session and meet some of the women sharing skills and friendships at the aptly named Share Centre.

Reach Care

Remember that TV show ‘The Choir’? @reach_care service users and staff certainly do and they asked Pobl Trust for funding to start an inclusive choir to help with mental wellbeing and drive engagement because everyone knows singing makes you feel good!

Reality Theatre

Jules and Joe from @TheatreReality asked for funding to create an arts and culture project to alleviate isolation and loneliness in older people. We visited a Derwen scheme that had just had a performance and the verdict from residents was decisive – engaging, welcomed and infinitely better than Jeremy Kyle!

National Autistic Society Swansea

National Autistic Society Swansea asked the Trust for funding to continue and expand their Kids Club, which provides inclusive play, peer support and opportunities to socialise within a safe, supportive environment. Anthony and Claire from @NASSwansea tell us more.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board asked the Trust for funding for ‘The Woodshed’ a rehabilitation programme for people with mental health issues. Nathan and Kevin from @AneurinBevanUHB tell us more.

Llanybydder Family Centre

Llanybydder Family Centre asked the Trust for funding for an intergenerational project linking children using the centre and older people in extra care housing. Jane from the family centre tells us how it works and the difference it makes.

Matthew’s House Swansea

Matthew’s House in Swansea asked Pobl Trust for funding to improve its High Street base, which has already served over 17,000 meals to homeless and vulnerable people and helps around 100 people each day it is open. We dropped by the official launch of Matts Showers at @MattsHouseSA1 to see the transformation for ourselves.

Maindee Youth Project

Maindee Youth Project applied for funding for a Summer Programme of Activities for young people. Zenia from @MaindeeYouth tells us why bridging cultural gaps and keeping young people engaged is key to building a stronger community in Maindee.

Pobl Parents

Sam and Charlotte from Pobl Homes and Communities tell us about their bid to Pobl Trust for Pobl Parents, which continues the work of the Growing Together project by connecting and empowering young single parents.

Blaenymaes Community Centre

Blaenymaes Community Centre applied to Pobl Trust for funding to spruce up the run down exterior of the building to help attract more local people. We dropped by @sparkbym during the refurbishment to catch up with volunteers Jason and Paul.

Inner Light Yoga

Inner Light Yoga applied for funding for yoga equipment to be used in free lunchtime sessions held at Pobl offices in Newport and Swansea.

NHS – Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

The NHS Aneurin Bevan University Health Board applied for funding for a twelve week programme of activity sessions for people with mental health issues.