PAVO is dedicated to supporting the thriving third sector in Powys, and employs a Social Value Development Officer to help empower non-profit organisations in delivering Social Value to their communities.
In 2021, we worked with our partners at Arwain and the Regional Partnership Board to deliver over £200,000 in funding to 26 organisations operating in the county.
The funding was made available through Arwain, and was open to smaller organisations with an annual income of less than £150,000. The fund was to support the development of innovative and new well-being activities in the community
Dozens of groups applied for up £4,000 in match funding to deliver wellbeing projects across the county. In total 12 projects were funded up until December 2021.
Royston Memorial Hall
Get up and do Bronllys
Provide wellbeing activities in the village hall
Knighton Community Centre
Art and Well Being
Start an art group, support a weekly healthy eating and weight loss group
Whitton Women's Institute
Community Coffee Mornings
Get togethers to create community cohesion and reduce isolation
Men's Shed Newtown
Full Esteem Ahead
Support young volunteers to deliver wellbeing activities
Dolwen Recreation For all Project
Dolwen Field to Fork
Growing produce, food preparation and cookery classes to create community cohesion
Ysgol Feithrin Dyffryn Banw
Banw Valley Ti a Fi Group Leader
Community activity for families with preschool children
Knighton Woodlands Tots CIC
Bringing Families Outdoors
Woodland and nature based activity for families with young children
Community Arts Rhayader and District (CARAD)
Nature Talk and Draw
Natural history and arts based activity in Rhayader
Wellbeing activities for 11 – 16 year olds in Llandrindod Wells
Talybont Cycling Club
Coaching sessions for members
Coaching sessions for members of Talybont Cycling Club
Weekly wellbeing session in Machynlleth
FACT ( Families Active and Creative Together)
Weekly wellbeing and cookery sessions in Llanymynech
Hosted in CARAD’s theatre space in Rhayader, Nature Talk and Draw combines natural history and art to provide both an educational and creative space. Attendees are invited to learn about Powys’ diverse flora and fauna, while also exploring their artistic skills.
The sessions consist of a natural history talk from a locally embedded expert or skilled nature enthusiast, followed by a drawing workshop where people are able to closely study the natural specimens related to the talk and develop their artistic skills in a social setting.
A core group of regular participants have been developing their artistic abilities and creativity, which has a proven impact on ability to regulate emotion, problem-solve, and develop confidence.
Another group of regular participants are aged 15 and doing art at GCSE level; this has given them a space to practice their drawing skills and gain new knowledge of the natural world as well as increased appreciation of it.
Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with much of it focused on the joy of learning about the natural world and the safe, supportive space available for trying new things.
Some feedback gathered from the project:
“I absolutely loved it. I was made to feel welcome despite having deep seated anxiety and great to be actually be able to have a face to face session with other like minded people in an informal setting...that was so inclusive and enthusiastically supported”
“I am no artist but [the workshop facilitator] was very positive and gave me confidence, and for that alone I am very grateful.”
“One thing that was great was the opportunity of finding out what would normally pass us by, without looking properly at it and actually thinking about the environment”
Yn Bersonal (In Person) aims to support the emotional, physical and mental wellbeing of vulnerable, isolated people and those suffering financial difficulty in the Dyfi Valley across 64 Wellbeing Sessions. Taking a hybrid approach where possible, hosting the sessions both online and face-to-face sessions in Machynlleth. Additionally, many of the sessions have been run in Welsh or bilingually.
Over the past few months Yn Bersonal has been engaging people both physically and mentally with everything from Yoga and Therapeutic Movement to Poetry and Visual Storytelling.
Some feedback comments from the Poetry Sessions:
“Oh I loved this!! Thank you so much. It fed a need and touched a yearning in me that I've been carrying for years. Lovely! Now I shall write and write.”
“Thank you for the workshop and holding that space this afternoon. I have just finished a draft of a poem that I'll probably take to my Stanza poetry group later this month inspired by one of your prompts. I'm looking forward to the next one!”
Building on the national WI campaign Alleviating Loneliness, Whitton Women’s Institute wanted to make a difference locally by hosting coffee mornings to support the diverse rural
community with wide-ranging backgrounds and needs.
With the aim of getting people out of the house to meet and discuss their needs and interests, the coffee mornings also serve as an informal forum, to be a catalyst for evolving groups towards fulfilling the well-being needs within the community.
So far the Whitton WI has hosted three coffee mornings, with their homemade provisions attracting over 30 people to each event, including a group of regulars. A local family loaned some items to provide a children’s corner, and there is also a book stall, games table, and albums of local photos.
“It is certainly improving the emotional health and well being of individuals in our
Community,” said Hilary McConnachie, of the Whitton WI. “I have had people approach me — when out shopping and attending other events — to say how much they have valued the opportunity to meet with others and look forward to the next time. They have been keen to know that this activity will continue and I’ve said I certainly hope so.”
The Social Value Development Fund supports Social Value activities that bridge gaps in existing provision and aims to improve mental and physical wellbeing of people in Powys.
The funding was made available from the Powys Regional Partnership Board via the Social Value Forum. The total value of the fund was £170,000, and no limits were set on the amount that could be applied for.
We received a total of 35 applications, and funded a total of 14 projects up until March 2022.
Young People Peer Support Pilot
One-to-one peer support group for students in Llanfyllin highschool
Knighton and District Community Centre
Knighton and District Family Centre – pilot sessions
Provide Family Centre to identify need develop support for families
Food for All – Grow It, Prep It, Eat It!
Bring together the community to learn about food growing, preparation and preservation
Helping Our Homeless Wales
Riverside Community Connections
Set up a luncheon club for vulnerable people
BCA Independent Advocacy Services
Building New Links
Facilitate meetings, social events and activities both in-person and on Zoom for isolated people
Accessibility Powys Ltd
Pilot project and feasibility study into providing British Sign Language training to third sector organisations in Powys
Big Fish Baby Fish
Weekly sensory, movement, and song sessions for under twos and their parents/guardians
Mid and North Powys Mind
Plan and organise the first Powys Pride event
Girlguiding Montgomeryshire Hikes Away Scheme
Establish a new badge scheme for Girlguides to participate in organised walks and hikes
The Arches (Rhayader & District Community Support)
“Recipes for Health”
Provide cooking skills sessions and recipe boxes for cooking at home
Citizens Advice Powys
“Less Worry, Less Stress”
Specialist Advice service, tailored to meet the needs of people
experiencing problems which affect their mental health.
Cultivate (Cwm Harry) Cyfyngedig
Grow Eat Share
Provide supported volunteering sessions to improve the mental and physical health and wellbeing of volunteers by using Cultivate community garden and kitchen.
Dementia Matters in Powys
Powys Hybrid Meeting Centres
Open five hybrid in-person and online meeting centres for people living with dementia
The Wellbeing Project Brecon
Fun, friendship and food for over 50’s
Double the existing provision of the Food, Fund and Friendship groups to support older and vulnerable people