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Cwmdare OAP Active Wales were awarded a Micro Fund grant of £1000 in September 2018. Based in Cwmdare, Cynon Valley with 106 members whose motto is “Retired from work and not from life” and running since 1941 with fortnightly meetings that include talks, bingo and sherry, they also have two annual events and two trips per year.
This is the largest OAP group we have received an application from with 106 members. Around 85 attend their fortnightly meeting at Cwmdare Hall but around 104 attend their trips including community members who are housebound usually. They are a very strong committed group who car share and collect people from home to attend meetings when they have limited mobility. They are working on building up a healthy reserve to lessen dependency on grants and members have worked very hard and contributed to this over last two years (manning events and raffles, producing goods for sale etc). The Committee wanted to thank the group by way of offering at least one free trip to all members.
They were given £1000 to cover a trip to Cardigan Bay.
“We had two buses and we went to Cardigan Bay, having lunch at the Cardigan Bay Hotel and then spent some time in the town. We all enjoyed the company of friends and people who do not normally leave Cwmdare without being in the company of others. Brent Thomas coaches were excellent, we had a fabulous day, mixing socially, staying active and building connections and friendships. We want to say a massive thank you to Pen y Cymoedd for a great day out for so many local residents.” – Mairwen Silvanus
How this project met the fund’s priorities:
Encourage participation in cultural activities / Communities that are healthier and more active / Support community spirit