sewced - sowing the seedS
South East Wales Community Economic Development Programme (SEWCED) was set up to help the South Wales valleys to flourish and grow.
This is being done by supporting community and voluntary groups (third sector) to generate their own income providing key products, services, vital employment and invaluable volunteering opportunities at the heart of their communities; often among the most deprived in Wales. A diversity of third sector organisations are applying for funding support, from charities, community groups to mutuals and cooperatives - all with the aim of becoming sustainable social enterprises.
Cwm Tawel in Bridgend was set up in 2010 as a community group promoting traditional rural crafts and foraging. With support from SEWCED, it has since branched out into providing 'glamping' accommodation including tipis and yurts as part of its income generation plan.
- Yiota Haralambos, Cwm Tawel
Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind (MTIB) is an established manufacturing business which has been based in the town for 90 years, making it the oldest manufacturer in the area. The organisation started life in 1923 in Pontmorlais as a workshop for 14 blind members.
- Dr Nicola Perkins, Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind
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