Welcome to Holyhead's Local Conversation - where local people are empowered to make a difference to their communtiy and get involved in their Local Conversation Project.
On a wet and blustery Saturday afternoon, the seed was sown at Plas Road Allotments as their grand opening ceremony got underway. Plas Road Allotment Association have received grants which have enabled the Association to construct paths- bettering access and creating a safe environment for allotment holders to negotiate the site. The Grants have been awarded from Tesco Bags of Help and Mon CF’s very own Local Conversations Community Chest Grant.
Since receiving the grant, over 450 local school children have visited the site to learn about the origins of food. Young people have been involved since the project began, enhancing the community feel of the Allotments and adding to the vibrancy of the local area. Knowledge has grown alongside the plants!
The ribbon was officially cut by Holyhead’s Deputy Mayor Keith Thomas, with representatives from Tesco Holyhead and Mon CF there to show their support for the project. Following the cutting of the ribbon attendees were welcomed to stay for refreshments.
Plas Road Allotments Chair, Linda Mulligan, wanted to thank the local community for their support as well as Tesco and Mon CF for their financial contributions towards the scheme. Linda and the allotment holders have seen a huge difference at the site now the works have been completed.
Dan Millington, Mon CF’s Local Conversation Officer, thanked Linda for her commitment and enthusiasm over the past year. Projects like this succeed thanks to people like Linda who put their time, effort and dedication into good causes - making positive changes in their community.
The Local Conversation in Holyhead is funded by People's Health Trust, using money raised by HealthDiverse through The Health Lottery. The Local Conversation programme is a flexible, resident-led funding model driven by what local people want. Through the programme, residents are supported to identify and take action on issues that are important to them.
People turned out in force to support Holyhead’s Family Fun Day. The town Centre was a hive of activity, alive with the sounds of laughter, smiles and fun. It is thanks to the kindness of local people and volunteers that the day was such a success, their support is the backbone of the community in Holyhead.
The Fun Day featured live music, bouncy castles, face painting, street food, an artisan craft and food market, children's activities and even a line dancing flash-mob!! Mickey and Minnie Mouse even made the journey from Disneyland to add to the festivities on the day.
Kerry Williams from Uniquely Yours Confectionary said: ‘‘Just want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU for today! Absolutely brilliant day had by all. Such a pleasure meeting the Holyhead Community Events Team, nothing was too much trouble for you and all communication was smooth. You have done yourself proud and I can't wait for the next one! well done.’’
The Family Fun Day was organised by the newly formed Holyhead Community Events Group. Group Secretary, Britney Young - 17 from Holyhead, thanked local people for coming along and supporting the Day in the truly fantastic Holyhead spirit we all know and love. Keep up to date with the latest events organised and hosted by Holyhead Community events Group on the Local Conversations Blog of Mon CF’s website and on Twitter @TalkHolyhead.
The day was made possible thanks to Môn CF's Local Conversations Project, which is funded by People's Health Trust. Peoples Health Trust supports 22 other Local Conversation projects across Great Britain, addressing health inequalities and making communities better places to grow, live, work and age https://www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk/
Peoples Health Trust is an independent charity funded by 51 local society lotteries with the money they raise through The Health Lottery. Holyhead’s local society lottery is HealthDiverse. HealthDiverse is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Powys and Wrexham www.healthdiversecic.org.uk
'Younger people come to some of the parties on the beach. Some of them are around the age of 14 and they’re already drunk.'
Caitlin Middleton wants young people to have fun, but to stay safe.
She says beach parties, often fuelled by alcohol, are popular with young people in her home town of Holyhead on Anglesey.
'They'll go off and do risky things like go into the forest, get lost, go up on the cliffs. That’s just dangerous,' she says.
Fixers is helping 17-year-old Caitlin and a group of her friends to create a film warning young people to think about their safety when they're having fun.
They will be telling their story on ITV News Wales on Thursday, July 6th between 6.00pm and 6.30pm.
Their project has been given the thumbs up by the local police force. Sergeant Tracey Llewellyn, from North Wales Police, says: 'We have to accept that there’s an issue nationally with young people engaging with alcohol misuse and we would have to accept there’s an issue on Anglesey.
'While we can’t condone underage drinking, anything young people do to encourage others to stay safe, is something I would encourage.'
Caitlin adds: 'The fact is, you don’t need alcohol or drugs to have fun with your friends.
'With our Fixers' project we want to encourage young people to stop thinking they need to fit in and just live how they want to and not go by other people's rules.
The above text was taken from http://www.fixers.org.uk/news/16116-11226/keeping-safe.php - see the link for further information about the project.
On Friday 30th June, local Holyhead residents took to the road on a FREE Shopping Bus Trip to James Pringle Weavers at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
The coach started off by collecting people from dedicated bus stops. As passengers boarded for the trip, their faces lit up with excitement and anticipation for the day ahead. The journey was filled with conversations and stories...''The last time we went to Pringles...' and ''oooo wasnt is busy in town yesterday'', with people who has never met before, but lived in Holyhead their whole life, chatting to one another and sharing interests.
As the coach arrived at Pringles, everyone was looking out of the window trying to say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, not everyone sucessfully but there were some cracking attempts!! We arranged to meet back in the foyer for 2:15pm, at which point most were already eager to get inside and out of the rain. Many took to opportunity to have lunch or a lite-bite on site, but others chose to bring a picnic and explore the village whilst they were there.
As the trip drew to a close and on the journey back, purchases were discussed and bargains compared. A couple from the group hadnt left their houses for a while and said: ''the trip was great, it was a good opportunity to meet other friendly faces, we'll be coming again!''.
James Pringle Weavers kindly paid for the transport too and from the destination and due to the success of the trip have agreed to continue it for the forseeable future. The next FREE SHOPPING BUS TRIP to Pringles will take place on Friday 28th July 2017 - please contact Dan Millington: Mon CF Local Conversations Officer on - 01407 762004 to secure your place.
Joining in with local conversations opens the door to hidden opportunity and potential. You are able to discover what works well or needs improving from the community itself. Holyhead's close-knit community enables people to get involved in making a difference to their wellbeing and surroundings from a grass route level; putting people first.
The hands-on approach of Môn CF and from local people in getting involved in activities, fundays and fundraising provides a sense of wellbeing and gives onlookers a snapshot into the friendly-natured town that we are!
We'd love to have you involved with Holyhead's Local Conversation. Call 01407 762004 and speak to Dan Millington to get involved in making a difference.
Mon CF awarded 5 community groups in Holyhead a total of £5,000 thanks to funding from its Local Conversation Project. The successful organisations and groups submitted applications for funding of up to £1,000 towards activities and development.
When Mon CF’s Community Chest Fund was launched this year, there was overwhelming support from the community. Local Holyhead groups and organisations quickly submitted applications to the fund outlining their proposals and stories.
A flurry of activity and excitement amongst committee members soon occurred as a huge number of applications were received. The committee consists of community representatives; funding for the community decided by the community.
Unfortunately not every bid was successful, however there was strong support for all and there was a definite sense of need amongst the community for funding.
The successful applicants were: Plas Road Allotment Association, Kid’z’Ink, Parents and Friends of Clwb Cybi, Gwelfor Majorettes and Holyhead Autumn Activities Club. A great sense of community spirit and positive wellbeing was the driving force behind the organisations applications. An event was held at The Pod to award the community groups and organisations their cheques – see image above–
We'll be following their journeys and telling their stories of how the fund benefitted them. Applications will open shortly for the next round of Mon CF's Communty Chest Fund. Follow us on Facebook Twitter and Instagram for further details, or contact Dan Millington - Local Conversations Oficer: 01407 762004.