Community Projects

For the benefit of the whole community

As part of our community benefit we offer a variety of projects and activities which help, support and develop the potential of local people and their communities.

Community Transport Project

Yr Orsaf is developing a project to support people who face difficulities because of the lack of public transport in Dyffryn Nantlle. An important part of the project is promoting sustainable travel, and to support this Yr Orsaf has bought three electric vehicles (a mini-bus, and 7 seater and 4 seater cars), for community use. Our Community Transport Officer (Elenid) is co-ordinating the project, through wokring with the Dyffryn Nantlle Community Transport Partnership. Funded by Welsh Government and Europe. Please contact [email protected]

Be Nawn Ni Project

Yr Orsaf organises activities for older people, and volunteer drivers to transport them to the activities, and back home. The project works closely with other members of the team, to provide events every fortnight, including our 'Cuppa, cake and chat' session. Funded by the Welsh Government and Cyngor Gwynedd Council. Please contact Elenid: [email protected]

Repair Cafe/ Maker Space

The Repair Cafe/Maker Space provides a space and activities for people to innovate, but also use traditional skills to mend things. The equipment includes a laser cutter, 3D printers, embroidery machines and more. The Repair Cafe meets once a month, to undertake simple repairs. Please contact [email protected]

Community Tourism and Outdoor Activities

Celebrating our rich history, culture, language and landscape is the main aim of the project. We are creating resources that locals and visitors can use to understand and appreciate the area. There is more information about some of the walks in the area on: https://llwybraunantlle.wordpress.com/

Zero Waste Officer

The project is developing three main elements - a community allotment near to the leisure centre; Penygroes Wildlife Garden, to create a park for local people, but to increase bio-diversity at the same time; and a Community Pantry, using food from the local Co-op, and food from other supermarkets, the ACT Foundation and Fairshare. The project, like the Repair Cafe, is part of Yr Orsaf's work on the circular and foundational economy. Please contact [email protected]

Community Music Leader

With the support of the Rank Foundation, Yr Orsaf employs a person to support children and young people, schools and community groups to develop music opportunities in Dyffryn Nantlle. Please contact [email protected]

Young People's Enterprise Centre

Yr Orsaf is renovating Cymru Fydd, the building next door to Yr Orsaf, with the support of Cyngor Gwynedd and Welsh Government. Over the next year we will develop offices for our staff, a co-working space, and a centre for young people to learn enterprise skills. The Centre will open at the end of 2022.

Digital Centre - Creadigidol

The Digital Centre provides film, coding and podcast workshops for young people. There is a variety of equipment including iPads, Chromebooks, sound and video recording equipment, and lots more. It is possible for groups to hire the centre to experiment with and use the equipment. Please contact [email protected] for more details.

Film Club

Dyffryn Nantlle 2020 organises 2 film courses each year for children and young people. The films have won much praise and awards in festivals including Into Film, Gŵyl PICS, Zoom Cymru and Eisteddfod Genedlaethol.

Penygroes Public Art

Dyffryn Nantlle 2020 arts workshops offer the opportunity for children and young people to work with local artists. Usually the activities develop skills, and at the same time celebrate the area's history and culture.

Drama Club

A children and young people's Drama Club was launched by Dyffryn Nantlle 2020 in 2019. It gives the opportunity to attend weekly sessions, build confidence, and develop communication skills. The club organises a yearly community performance. The project is funded by BBC Children in Need.

Funded by BBC Children in Need

‘Bro’ Banners

As part of our commitment to the arts and to improve the look of the High Street, banners are put up for eight months of the year, celebrating history, language, culture, landscape and much more about the area. In Yr Orsaf cafe there are exhibition panels, which explain the stories behind each banner.

Community WiFi

Siop Griffiths have been a part of the planning process for a community WiFi in Penygroes. The WiFi is available for the community to use on the streets, free of charge.