WREN generates income from energy projects for local benefit. WREN activities are projected in time to raise over £150,000 per year to be allocated to local projects or reinvested.
All decisions about the use of the Community Fund are made democratically by the membership. Successful projects are likely to have social, cultural, sporting or environmental purposes, and could come from, for example, youth groups, neighbourhood groups, charities, sports clubs, schools, churches, arts groups, or from those helping vulnerable people.
The first community offer was made in December 2011, for a sum of £5,000. The 6 shortlisted groups were:
Wadebridge Foodbank, Wadebridge Youth Project, Moor Harmony North Cornwall Chorus, Wadebridge District Guides, St Minver Silver ‘B’ Band, Wadebridge Lawn Tennis Club
The third pot of money, £500, went to Wadebridge and District Guides, who are working hard to raise money for “The Dream Project” which will pay for a new fit-for-purpose guide hut in Wadebridge. Chris Penfold, Youth Leader with Wadebridge Youth Project, which runs three weekly youth clubs said “Wadebridge Youth Project is thrilled to have won the vote to receive a grant from the WREN Community Fund. The support of the community expressed by voting for the much-needed Community Youth Minibus is a great encouragement. This money is a big boost to our fund-raising, as we now have more than £5,000 of the £25,000 we need”.
Applications for the second round of the WREN Community Fund have now closed. 22 groups have applied for funding. Voting will open on 15th June and will run for 4 weeks. Voting is open to WREN members in person at the energy shop.
For more information on the rules of voting please take a look at the document below:
WREN community fund June 2013.
For news on future community awards please keep checking the WREN website. In general terms to be eligible to apply groups must be from one of the 14 parishes in the Padstow and Wadebridge Network Area (click on the link to Area to find out more). They must also be non-commercial/not for profit. For more details about who can apply, and how to apply, click on this link.
The Wadebridge Energy Futures Exhibition is now live! Read more...
Do you want to cut your energy bills? (Update) A number of people in Wadebridge and surrounds have had impartial help about switching suppliers this week and more advice sessions will be held over the next two weeks, including two additional ones in Bodmin.
Mon 24th Feb The Exchange, Molesworth St, Wadebridge 9.30am – 12 noon
Wed 26th Feb Bodmin Christian Centre, Berrycoombe Rd, PL31 2NX 1pm - 3pm
Wed 26th Feb Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge 6pm – 8pm
Sat 1st March Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge 9.30am – 12.30pm
Mon 3rd March Padstow Memorial Hall, Riverside 1 pm – 4pm
Tue 4th March St.Issey Village Hall 10am – 1pm
Wed 5th March Bodmin Christian Centre, Berrycoombe Rd, PL31 2NX 1pm - 3pm
Even if you are well on top of this issue, do you have family, friends or neighbours in the Wadebridge area who might benefit?
Do you want to cut your energy bills? People in Wadebridge and surrounds will have help to do just that at sessions to be delivered by WREN in February and March.
Monday 17th February St Mabyn Memorial Hall 9.30 am – 12 noon
Tuesday 18th February The Exchange Wadebridge 1 pm – 4 pm
Wednesday 19th February Wadebridge Children's Centre, Goldsworthy Way 1 pm – 4 pm
Monday 24th February The Exchange, Molesworth St, Wadebridge 9.30 am – 12 noon
Wednesday 26th February Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge 6 pm – 8 pm
Saturday 1st March Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Monday 3rd March Padstow Memorial Hall, Riverside 1 pm – 4 pm
Tuesday 4th March St.Issey Village Hall 10 am – 1 pm