• Hannah Garcia

Finding funding, making maps.

Oh wow - can three months really have passed since our last post? Time seems to somehow move both very quickly and very slowly on this project! The site may still be empty but that doesn't mean nothing's been happening behind the scenes.

With the support of the local community, we've been working to better understand what's happening in the local area. It's really important that this project supports and complements existing activities in Splott and Adamsdown; the last thing we'd want is to duplicate what's already here or step on anyone's toes. The project steering group and some lovely volunteers have been gathering details on local community buildings, groups, facilities, and activities, and this work was given a huge boost by a community mapping session held in September. Repair Cafe Wales kindly allowed us to join them at Oasis and we had a great morning eating biscuits and tapping into expert local knowledge.

The outcome was an enormous community map packed with choirs, churches, playgroups, sports clubs, volunteer organisations, breakfast clubs and so much more. This resource will be a huge help as we continue to plan, build local relationships, and seek funds - a big thanks to everyone can came along and contributed to the map. If you're involved with any local activities and have an idea for how this project could support what you do then please do get in touch for a chat!

A totally different kind of map has been created of the site itself; a topographical survey generously produced for us by local surveyors PointBIM. This process uses super-awesome lasers to create slightly creepy 3D images of the site. These are being used by the team at Arup who are kindly supporting us with the sustainable drainage calculations we need before we can continue with the design of the site and planning application.

Finally - we're happy to share some good funding news with you! The project has been awarded £10,000 of funding from The Co-op Foundation as part of their Endangered Spaces campaign to support 2,000 at risk community spaces. Jim Cooke, Head of The Co-op Foundation, explained: “Green spaces bring communities together and enhance people’s wellbeing, as well as contributing to a more sustainable environment for us all. We are delighted to support projects such as this, helping community organisations across Wales to take their next steps in protecting or improving much-loved local spaces.”

This funding is a tremendous help at this stage of the project; we'll be using it to kick start the design of the community hub as well as carrying out essential groundworks and paying planning application fees.

That's it for now! Thanks for keeping in touch, we hope to have more good news for you soon.

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