Today was grey and foggy with a constant light drizzle, but it didn’t prevent our team from ploughing on with the installation.
We had the pleasure of installing a node on the Gellideg Foundation Building in the heart of the community. The Foundation is Digital Merthyr project partners, supporting our community engagement and digital skills development on the ground.
We tweeted a photo earlier in the week of their rather apt and inspiring strapline (pictured below). It states, ‘The future of our community is yours to create’ - we couldn’t agree more!
Colette (pictured below), Helen, Tina, Ricky (a Digital Champion) and the rest of the team have been an incredible help. Without their support, knowledge and relationships with the residents in Gellideg, Digital Merthyr simply would not be possible. The Foundation provided a much needed warmth on an otherwise grey day (+ local fish & chips for our hungry Spanish engineers ;-).
The Gellideg Foundation was formed in 1998 by 6 mothers on the estate who wanted to create better life for their children. Over the years they have grown into a community group and registered charity, employing over 35 people, delivering programmes across the themes of health, youth, education and the environment. Over 100 local residents volunteer their time to provide activities for all ages, across the ward.
Today they remain a grassroots organisation, valuing the potential within their community and believing the future is theirs to create. They continue to ensure that every resident in the area has the opportunity to realise their full potential thus helping young people, the community and local business to prosper - retaining created wealth in the community. A perfect fit for Digital Merthyr.
You can read more about the work of Colette and her team on their website. From the Foundation we’ll be able to connect our first row of houses next week. I’ll share a separate blog post with a map of our planned installation tomorrow.