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April 2005

Bermo / Barmouth Communities First April meeting -- Postiwyd gan-Posted by waen ar / on Saturday, April 16 2005
At a busy meeting last Tuesday the partnership was addressed by Mostyn Toghill from Y Llechen credit union. In a comprehensive description he covered the structure, operation and benefits of establishing credit unions within communities such as Barmouth. There seemed to be considerable interest among those present many of whom had little or no prior understanding of the way these savings and loan groups work. It was surprising to hear that such unions exists in European and American communities and are regulated to the same degree as any conventional financial institution. A more detailed account of Credit Unions will appear in the next Newsletter due out in mid summer.

The business of the meeting continued with news that the Communities First office is now up and running in the former Tourist Information Centre, a far more accessible and spacious area. It was announced that the bid for another fulltime member of staff was progressing satisfactorily. The formal signing of the partnership constitution took place following its statutory review. The Coordinators report was then given; he detailed developments since the last meeting. It was noted that the Environmental group have received grants from the Communities First Trust Fund and from Mantell Gwynedd and that grant applications are progressing for the major schemes at both Wern Mynach and Orielton Woods.

The meeting was told that local sports and leisure groups are in the process of forming a Barmouth Leisure Association, an umbrella group that will promote the interests of members and provide support for individual initiatives. A formal launch is being planned for the end of May in the Arts Room of the Dragon theatre complex. Financial support is being sought towards tuition costs for the Mawddach Art group which attracts over 50 people a week.

Two community Fire Safety Officers, based in Barmouth will be running the newly formed Young Firefighters Association which has attracted great interest from potential members. A meeting between the Youth Club and Theatr Fforwm Cymru produced an interesting analysis of the club memberís view of the town in which they live. This will be useful in future planning.

Danny had attended a lunch with Age Concern members and was impressed by the vitality of the group, he feels they may be able to access support for their activities. As the Samba band develops there is the growing possibility of the creation of a youth section for drummers and dancers. A number of first aid classes have been held with surprisingly high numbers of attendees. It is thought that the four day course, that is compulsory for those working with young or vulnerable people, could be partly funded by the trust fund and useful to members of groups within the area.

The Community Beat Managers report indicated that a Police Community Support Officer has been appointed, she is presently undergoing training and should be in post by the start of May. He advised that a CRASBO has been given to a local youth under which he must adhere to strict conditions, a further two such orders are being prepared. Another youth who has received three yellow cards is due to be visited by the Youth offending team to complete a behaviour contract. A pub watch scheme tailored for use throughout the county is being piloted in Caernarfon it is hoped that this plan can be incorporated into local arrangements.

Finally mention was made of the volunteers scheme which will probably be tried in Barmouth. Community members who are prepared to assist in the Police station by dispensing information and directions to free officers for their duties are invited to contact Mike Humphreys at the station. Danny has a copy of the application form at the office which shows the requirements.The meeting ended with the selection of a logo for the partnership from designs submitted. All present voted and commented upon their choice. The winning design was created by Katie Plumb, the second and third prizes were tied with equal number of votes Katieís concept will be developed into a useable symbol that can appear in various media including newsletters and on the website.
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