Current projects

  • Heol-y-Cyw Digital Hub

    The project is a pilot study that aims to bring broadband into Heol Y Cyw Welfare Hall and make it a digital hub for the community.  This hub will offer digital inclusion through providing training and innovative approaches to home schooling and home working. Turning our Welfare Hall into a digital hub is a unique […]
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  • Ynysawdre Elderly Residents Isolation Case Study

    The Ynysawdre Elderly Residents Association (Ynysawdre ERA) was formed to act as a voice for the elderly people living in the community.  Although the primary purpose of the group is to focus on local concerns, the Association is mindful of the wider issues which affect the elderly. The Association brings issues and concerns that affect […]
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  • Aberkenfig Community Hall

    The villages of Aberkenfig and Tondu currently have no community or wellbeing centre, with only a Parish Hall and community meeting room being present in Tondu. Both communities have a growing population, which will be further increased by the addition of 500 homes set to be constructed at the Pentre Felin development in Tondu, with […]
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  • Ogmore Washeries Options Appraisal

    As part of the post coal mining reclamation of the Ogmore Valley, the remediated Ogmore Washeries site was gifted as a green space to Ogmore Valley Community Council. In 2013 a feasibility study was undertaken to maximise the community use of that site. Since then Bridgend County Borough Council have undertaken a Landscape Character Assessment […]
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  • Sustainable Community Venues Support

    Reach officers identified the need for this project based on their work with voluntary groups managing community venues across the borough in the current RDP programme and in previous programmes. Groups and venues they support include community centres, sports pavilions, heritage venues etc. They all face similar issues and many require help with: Identifying a […]
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  • Garw Valley Community Action Plan

    The Garw Valley is a steep sided, narrow valley which has no through road to take visitors on to another location, therefore realistically it is not going to attract new housing developments and little industry to the valley. However it is a hidden gem, an area of natural beauty and there is a clear need […]
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  • Ogmore Valley 5 year Strategy and SMART Action Plan Plan

    The project will enable the Ogmore Valley Community Council (OVCC) to engage a consultant to carry out comprehensive consultation with the residents in the Ogmore Valley and stakeholders, to identify the needs and priorities for the valley. Using this information and considering local, regional and national plans and strategies, the consultant will work with the […]
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  • LEADER in South East Wales

    The LEADER programme has played an essential role in the continued growth, cohesion and prosperity of rural communities across Wales over the past decade, helping us to deliver national impact and achieve international objectives. The emphasis on locally led community development has been crucial to the sustained and progressive prosperity of our rural Welsh communities. […]
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  • Ogmore Heritage Trail and Heritage Hub

    Reach with the Ogmore Valley Local History Society, Nantymoel Boys and Girls Club and the Boys and Girls Clubs Wales, worked together to develop the Ogmore Heritage Trail and Heritage Hub project to ensure the history and heritage of the valley was preserved and showcased.  The aims of the project were to: Promote history and […]
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  • Bridgend Craft Collective

    In November 2016, a specialist in craft markets was appointed, to look at ways of developing the skilled crafts sector locally, and maximising the economic potential for high-quality, locally made crafts in the area. They also assessed the ways in which taking part in crafts can help to decrease social isolation and increase wellbeing in […]
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  • Development Plan for an all-weather sports facility in the Ogmore Valley

    A Sport Development Group made up of local sports groups and stakeholders in the Ogmore Valley, was set up to look at the potential for an all-weather pitch in the Valley. The group approached Reach for funding to commission a Feasibility Study into the most suitable site for a floodlit all-weather multi sports surface with […]
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  • Digital Shepherd

    Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems is one of the biggest challenges we as a society face, and this is especially true in rural areas. Managed Conservation Grazing is one of the most effective mechanisms for addressing this challenge. The Digital Shepherd project has developed a digital resource that celebrates managed conservation grazing and educate people […]
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  • Bettws Community Strategy

    The Bettws Forum was set up with the aim to address local issues and improve the village of Bettws which is one of the most deprived wards in Bridgend. The Forum members are local residents and there are also representatives from the public, private and third sectors. The members of the Bettws Forum acting as […]
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  • Tondu Wesley Church Centre

    The Tondu Wesley Church Centre, a Methodist Church and Community Centre, is currently the only community venue in Tondu. Earlier development works have enabled it to act as a home to a range of organisations which provide community services and activities throughout weekdays, evenings and weekends including Home Educators, Brownies, Trinity Care and Support and […]
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  • Opportunities for Community Renewable Energy Schemes in Rural Bridgend

    Sustainable Wales, a third sector organisation, hosted a public lecture in early 2017 to begin mobilizing local stakeholders and communities to take action on renewable energy. A working group then came together in a stakeholder workshop with Reach support to look at practical actions that could be taken. As an outcome, the working group commissioned […]
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  • Bridgend Welsh Place Names Pocket Book

    The project proposal came in from Menter Bro Ogwr and Cwmni Dai working together on the idea of exploring the historic meaning of Welsh place names in Bridgend County Borough. As it was under 5k and they demonstrated previous experience in preparing such a resource, they were able to provide a value for money quotation […]
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  • Strategic Management of Natura 2000 Sites: Kenfig NNR

    Behaviour Change The partners commissioned a three year project to develop the sensitive and strategic management of the Kenfig National Nature Reserve site to reduce habitat loss and ensure that the ecosystem becomes more resilient to the pressures of the changing climate and increase in visitors. The project has a steering group of a range […]
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  • Nantymoel Boys & Girls Club and Community Centre

    Back in June 2013, the Berwyn Centre in Nantymoel was demolished as it was unsafe. Bridgend Council pledged an allocation of 200k from its capital programme towards providing alternative community facilities in Nantymoel. Local stakeholders worked together to appoint qualified persons to deliver detailed surveys, drawings and costings in support of a future refurbishment of […]
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  • Outdoor Physical Activity in Childcare

    Reach was approached by a collaboration of partners in the childcare and wellbeing sector who were looking to understand the opportunities to reduce the likelihood of childhood obesity when children reach school age. In March 2017, an independent expert, the Wellbeing Planner, conducted a series of interviews with parents and staff at 5 childcare settings. […]
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