Make It Happen

Môn CF were recently awarded funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) for an exciting new project aimed at supporting individuals and businesses across the whole of Anglesey to develop, grow and progress. All support packages on offer are bespoke and flexible, but they can be best summarised as follows:

For individuals:

Are you employed and looking to improve your circumstances? If so, our new ‘in-work’ support service can assist you to access training, create a new CV, apply for jobs, and much more. Whether it’s looking for increased hours, that promotion you’ve always wanted or seeking a new challenge, we’re here to help.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, call us on 01407 762004 or fill in the short enquiry form on our website.

For businesses:

Do you incorporate equality into your core objectives, making every effort to eliminate discrimination, create equal opportunities and develop good working relationships between different people?

As part of an ESF-funded project, Môn CF are working with local businesses to encourage cultural change in organisations towards a more diverse and healthier workplace. Our Employer Support Officer can undertake a diagnostic needs assessment with your business, including analysing the needs of the business and working with you to put an action plan in place to help you embrace or improve your existing Equality and Diversity strategies.

There are many benefits to an employer having an equal opportunities policy that is effectively implemented and communicated to all employees. It may improve customer service, recruitment processes, help retain valued employees and deter acts of unlawful discriminations.

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Môn Communities Forward is a Charity on Anglesey supporting local people to fulfil their potential through work and training opportunities. Môn CF has recently opened a new office in Menai Bridge, situated next door to the town’s library. It is hoped that Anglesey residents in the southern and eastern parts of the island will now be able to access the support they need to help them improve their skills and employment opportunities. This includes access to accredited qualifications, CV writing, job searches, interview skills and there is also support for those in employment but looking to improve their situation.

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Gary Williams, Employment Support Manager at Môn CF said: ‘’the new office will mean that we can help even more people across the island to fulfil their employment potential. Anglesey by nature is a rural county with limited travel options, so by having our new Menai Bridge office, combined with our premises in Amlwch, Holyhead and Llangefni, we hope to reach even more people who are in need of our help and support’’. 

Môn CF have helped over 400 people into work over three years, changing lives across Anglesey. The new Menai Bridge office is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 08:30 and 16:15.

If you need to access our employment support or training services, then contact us on 01407 762004 or visit www.moncf.co.uk for further information. Why not fill out our on-line enquiry form whilst you’re there and one of our employment mentors will get in touch with you!

The connection between people’s space and place is lost as communities struggle to thrive and strive across the UK. Poverty and its realm continue to supress neighbourhoods into isolation as its extensive impact reaches into the heart of people’s livelihoods and home, filtering into the heart of family life.

Understanding the impact of poverty on people and communities was discussed at a recent event hosted by Bevan Foundation, Wales’ most innovative and influential thinktank. Understanding poverty, held at Wrexham’s Glyndwr University, explored the definition, causes and types of poverty and how local, regional and national policies are attempting to reduce and irradicate poverty.

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It was refreshing to see that the fantastic work being undertaken by Holyhead’s Local Conversation Project, in strengthening community voices and encouraging active participation in community activities, was seen as a mechanism in contributing to reducing poverty in communities. Active participation and community action on local matters builds individual voices through collective partnership, in turn building confidence. It is this mechanism of cohesion that supports and encourages people to take greater control of local issues that is a contributing factor in alleviating poverty.

Holyhead’s Local Conversation is funded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by Health Diverse 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 in their community.

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March saw Holyhead's Local Conversation continue to grow and reach more and more people. Local people directly and indirectly involved with their conversation came together to talk about what matters to them in their community. Issues became ideas with suggestions turning into collective action, the group eager to work closely together to act on issues affecting their community. 

At the meeting was Frank and Sandra Lingwood, Yazmin, Connor Jones, Dan Roberts, Steph Pritchard (Youth Pod Manager) and Dan Millington (Local Conversation Officer). Discussion centred around the topics of Holyhead and what people thought about their town. Also present was Joanna Hicks from UCLan who was there to give the group direction, support and share expertise. 

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Keen to keep the conversation in Holyhead progressing, it was decided that the group will meet fortnightly/monthly whilst everyone gets to know one another. The next meeting is scheduled to take place in April where the group will be discussing the roles within a steering group, local matters that have arisen and engaging with the local community. 

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Nothing was going to get in the way of the St David’s Day celebrations in Holyhead, not even Storm Emma! The festivities were postponed to Thursday 8th March due to the anticipated weather conditions which left a trail of destruction on Holyhead, not least Holyhead Marina.

Hundreds of local people lined the streets along the parade route singing and chanting, celebrating welsh history and culture. Holyhead highstreet was decorated with flags and bunting, the towns businesses keen to show their support. 

The parade left St Mary’s church at 9:30am slowly making its way up to Newry Green. The sun shone brightly adding to the spirit of the occasion. Along the way, hundreds of school children from local primary and secondary schools and vast numbers of people from community groups sang Calon lan and dwi’n Gymro neu Gymraes chanting Ogee Ogee Ogee, OI OI OI!! The parade stopped on its meandering journey at St Cybi’s to take a moment of reflection for our patron Saint, St David. St Cybi was the cousin of St David. 

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Awaiting on Newry Green was Y Ddraig Goch, spanning half a football pitch! The flag, which is by far the biggest flag on Anglesey if not North Wales, took centre stage with crowds gathering around singing Land of My Father and waving handmade flags. 

The parade was made possible thanks to close partnerships of community groups, schools, organisations and local people in Holyhead, but in particular Menter Iaith Mon and Mon CF’s Local Conversation project funded through People’s health Trust. 

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