Busy with lots of exciting plans for springtime and beyond in 2016.

As the weather is beginning to improve and the daylight hours are increasing nicely, the team at the old library in Prestatyn are busy planning and beginning to start work on our outdoor projects.

Alongside Prestatyn Men’s Shed we are busy starting to build our outdoor planters this week .

Aimee’s Art group are well under way with their work for voluntary arts week. 
busy art group
Jayne’s childrens art and craft workshops are busy creating lots of things linked to our Grow Wild activities. They are looking forward to helping with sowing and planting over the next few weeks.Kids bunnies

Yvette’s Crochet group are really producing some lovely items and to quote Yvette “Great company and laughter at today’s Crochetiquette class.

No crocodile tears over making our crocodile stitch flower.

I love seeing the progress and confidence that my crocheteers have gained over our time together; they make me very proud and happy”crochet example

It is not all about art and craft however as we are also involved with our local communities health and wellbeing, we hold Stop Smoking Wales sessions each Tuesday evening from 5pm, and are working with our town council and the Alzheimer’s society to help raise dementia awareness in our locality.

The monthly meetings for the walking festival are being held in the old library and it is nice to be working together to help promote the great things they are doing locally.

There are also literally dozens of other schemes and ideas that we are working on in the background that we know will benefit our local community.

We are really pleased to be proving our worth as a “not for profit” community interest company/social enterprise.

It is great to see our local health board and local councils starting to recognise the benefits of commissioning and procuring from social enterprises like ours.

Social enterprises place social value at the heart of how they work, and
believe that public services should be delivered in a way that provides
maximum public benefit to the local community.

Because of this, Social Enterprise UK has long campaigned for commissioning and procurement to take social value into account, to ensure that the full  weight of the public sector’s purchasing power is directed at achieving social and environmental benefits alongside financial efficiency.

The Public Services (Social Value) Act is a giant leap towards making
this happen.

The Act, which was granted Royal Assent in March 2012
and will be implemented from January 2013, will for the first time
require public bodies to consider how the services they commission and
procure might improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing
of the area.

There is more information here.

Published by Peter Harrison

Volunteer Director at Artisans Collective CIC in Prestatyn. Chair of Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community. Honorary President of Prestatyn Mens’s  Shed.
Time Served Engineer & Multi championship winning ex racing driver who loves all things electro-mechanical.peteharrison.co.uk

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