Project information

Improving Local Community With Social Enterprise

We will employ a Social Enterprise Co-ordinator to research the viability and sustainability of new enterprises and income generators for the Partnership. The Coordinator’s role will be to identify potential entrepreneurs who have the drive to run the enterprise but lack the knowledge and skills.

March 2011 - March 2014

Charity information

The CoStar Partnership

The CoStar Partnership
  • Need


    We work in areas with high levels of social deprivation i.e. low income, high benefit dependency, high unemployment. Employment opportunities are scarce and as a result people have low aspirations and take little interest in their environment. Graffiti and fly tipping are huge problems. There is very little community cohesion and poor community spirit.


    By setting up social enterprises, we will be creating jobs and providing training and work placements for local people. We will be helping to generate a thriving local economy by employing local people and providing services locally for the convenience of residents. Our projects will aim to improve community cohesion, raise quality of life for residents and foster good community relations.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Research viability and sustainability of new enterprises and income generators for the Partnership.


    » Maize Maze – plant a field of maize in a maze formation to be used as an attraction for children
    » Research feasibility of a Hydro Scheme at Church Wood and develop into a social enterprise which will benefit the community.

    Success will be... Developing and setting up at least 2 new enterprises and gaining more customers for existing projects.

    Aim 2

    Identify spin off income generators through our existing projects.


    » Help source new clients to sustain existing businesses.
    » Set up art and cultural activities.
    » Set up health promoting activities such as keep fit.

    Success will be...Increasing the income generated by these activities by 50%.

    Aim 3

    Develop our Community Centre into a thriving sustainable centre.


    » Hire out hall on hourly rate to organisations and private individuals to generate income
    » Set up classes such as keep fit, cookery, genealogy, art and crafts to encourage community participation.
    » Host support services (such as Citizens Advice) and exhibitions and events.

    Success will be...Increasing the number of groups and individuals who use our community centre and having at least 500 people who access services.

    Aim 4

    Increase capacity of individuals to improve their job prospects.


    » Signpost individuals to training opportunities to provide them with new skills
    » Encourage take up of courses and vocational training and signpost as necessary.

    Success will be...Increasing the number of people employed by the Partnership. Having at least 100 people undertaking training and volunteering.

  • Impact


    The project will help to stimulate the local economy and provide jobs and training opportunities in an area where there is high unemployment, especially amongst school leavers.

    We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring the numbers of people using our enterprises as well as those who train, volunteer and are employed. In addition we will monitor environmental benefits such as the amount of paint diverted from landfill through our project.


    Risks are that the enterprises may not flourish in the current climate, however by having a number of different enterprises we hope to minimize the risks because the enterprises can help sustain each other.


    Donors will receive a monthly email giving details about the progress of the enterprises and reporting on any developments.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £34,148

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      Amount Heading Description
      £21,038 Salaries Salaries and oncosts
      £1,710 Expenses Volunteers, travel, subsistence, telephone
      £4,400 Training For co-ordinator and volunteers
      £4,000 Marketing Promotion of services
      £3,000 Research Feasibility studies / development
  • Background


    CoStar is a community development charity operating in south west Cwmbran in wards of high levels of deprivation. There are high levels of unemployment and social problems within our area and this is where we place our highest priority. We operate our services throughout the borough of Torfaen which is the most eastern of the South Wales Valleys. The region is a former mining area which has seen a decline in industry over the past 40 years.


    The beneficiaries will be amongst the 30,000 residents in our wards of highest priority in south west Cwmbran and the 90,000 residents of Torfaen. Our enterprises are aimed at the elderly, roughly a third of the population and those on low incomes. We are particularly aiming to recruit young people and those at risk of offending on to our schemes.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Having been established for 10 years we are well known within the community and have strong relationships with local people and organisations. We work closely with partner agencies such as Gwent Police, Citizens Advice and Credit Union. We have already set up social enterprises which are beginning to flourish and make an impact within the community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lorraine Hicks

    Lorraine has managed the partnership for 2 years and has a proven track record of managing budgets and staff. She is committed and motivated.

    Lynne Howles

    Lynne is passionate about helping people to have a better quality of life. She has worked on community projects for the past 8 years.

    Joseph Jones

    Joe is a hardworking and enthusiastic individual with a number of years of horticultural experience. He is employed as gardener for the partnership.