Project information

Little Bryn Gwyn - Building our Dream

We are creating a 30 bed flagship sustainable Eco-Residential Centre benefitting disadvantaged children, young people and vulnerable adults from deprived Valleys communities giving them happy memories and unique, life-changing experiences in one of Wales’ most stunning coastal locations on the Gower

November 2016 - December 2018

Charity information: Valleys Kids

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  • Need

    Need

    1 in 4 children live in poverty in the Valleys. Young people are 3rd / 4th generation unemployed; they are failing and being failed by the education system. They suffer from low-self esteem and poor aspirations. They live in families struggling to survive economically and emotionally. Many are single parent/ stepfamilies where drugs & alcohol, mental health problems or domestic violence are common. It’s a crippling downward spiral, which destroys hope of a positive fulfilling life for families.

    Solution

    This remarkable project will engage 'hard to reach' young people and vulnerable adult who will benefit from it, in helping to build their own eco-residential centre using natural, locally sourced materials. Once completed, we can extend the benefits of Residential sessions at Little Bryn Gwyn providing diverse volunteering & training opportunities for young people; respite for families facing obstacles helping them gain control of their lives and giving children & families happy memories.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Providing opportunities for groups of young people to gain confidence & self esteem

    Activities

    » Young people will work in small teams attending weekly sessions and be given tasks & responsibilities, improving team building & communication skills.
    » Taking part in regular outward bound activities during residential sessions: biking, walking, surfing

    Success reflected in increased confidence and self-belief through more proactive engagement in activities and opportunities


    Aim 2

    Giving disadvantaged young people practical skills and experiences to improve employability

    Activities

    » Learning woodworking skills from experienced carpenters working on the build
    » Learning lime plastering and carbon neutral sustainable building techniques
    » Providing volunteering opportunities in helping to cater for groups at the Centre, organic gardening, coppicing and land management

    Success shown by young people gaining accreditation, practical and transferable skills


    Aim 3

    Securing long-term sustainability of Valleys Kids and their beneficiaries through income generation

    Activities

    » Corporate hire for team building events or private hire for weddings giving Valleys Kids beneficiaries volunteering / work experience opportunities
    » Social enterprise development: organic produce, craft work, adventure camps, international exchanges, health & wellbeing retreats
    » Community Celebrations, festivals, arts events, bespoke training.

    Success reflected in take up of bespoke programmes & events, generating income to cover the running costs of LBG


    Aim 4

    Giving vulnerable children & families a chance to see the sea, have time-out & make happy memories

    Activities

    » Weekend residential sessions including trips to the beach in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
    » Taking part in volunteering activities together at Little Bryn Gwyn
    » Cooking and eating healthy food together as a family.

    Children, young people and families enjoying out of the ordinary activities at Little Bryn Gwyn feeling more positive about their lives and their future.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Experiences at Little Bryn Gwyn are life-changing for our beneficiaries. The development will enable us to extend the benefits from 200 to at least 900 individuals each year. 25% more disadvantaged young people will have raised aspirations and gain transferable skills. Success will be those who get Accreditation or a job.
    Children & families will have out of the ordinary experiences building confidence & self esteem, giving them a chance to grow out of poverty. A sustainable Flagship Eco-Centre

    Risk

    Financial risks are associated with failing to raise the target capital costs to complete the development and on-going running costs.

    In mitigation we have a robust fundraising strategy with diverse income streams and strong relationships with major Trusts and donors. In lean times we will reduce the levels of activity at the Centre to ensure we do not over commit expenditure without sufficient income to balance

    Reporting

    We will reflect ongoing progress on the build process on our website. Donors will receive quarterly email updates on developments and invitations to the launch and future events of Little Bryn Gwyn on completion.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Kitchen Fixtures, Fittings, Furniture & Equipment
      £5,000 Woodburners Woodburning stoves in communal areas
      £6,000 Bedrooms 30 x beds + mattress, duvets
      £4,000 Outdoor Cooking Area Cob built outdoor kitchen/ BBQ/Pizza Oven
  • Background

    Location

    Little Bryn Gwyn is a tiny 2 up 2 down old cottage with very basic substandard facilities near Llanrhidian, Gower - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and SSSI. Valleys Kids bought the original cottage and 6 acres from Barnardo's in 2004. Since then it has been a crucial part of delivering programmes for disadvantaged and vulnerable people from the Rhondda Cynon Taff Valleys where Valleys Kids are based. Planning permission was granted in 2016 to create an extraordinary 30 bed Eco-Centre

    Beneficiaries

    The main beneficiaries are children, young people and vulnerable adults from ex mining communities in Rhondda Cynon Taff in Penygraig, Rhydfelin, Penyrenglyn and Dinas, where Valleys Kids have worked with and for local communities for 40 years. They represent some of the most deprived areas in Europe. There is considerable social and economic deprivation: poor health, bad housing, high unemployment and significant social problems. Local businesses and local charities will benefit from rental use

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a 40-year long successful track record of changing the face of the places people live, restoring their pride and sense of community from £250k to £3.5million developments. We won the BURA Award for regeneration. Communities engage with Valleys Kids on a daily basis because we’re at the heart of community life. We provide essential services, working in partnership with, Local Authority, Social Services, Children Services,Health, Education, Housing, Police, Probation, Schools, Churches

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Richard Morgan MBE

    VK Funding Director and founder member of Valleys Kids managing and overseeing the architectural vision, construction team and partnerships

    Ben Greenaway

    VK Environmental Officer based at Little Bryn Gwyn responsible for day to day management and co-ordination of tasks and teams on site

    Mark McKenna

    Director of Down to Earth - key partner responsible for delivering the new building on time and on budget training and involving our young volunteers.

"You can do more valuable youth work in one residential weekend at Little Bryn Gwyn than 6 months back at base"

Valleys Kids Youth Worker