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What is the Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF)?

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is a central pillar of the UK government’s ambitious Levelling Up agenda and a significant component of its support for places across the UK. To read more > UK Shared Prosperity Fund: prospectus – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Projects fall within one or more of the following categories:

  • Community and Place

  • Supporting Local Business

  • People and Skills

Shared Prosperity Fund projects in Monmouthshire

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Be Community

Communities and Place

Be Community provides opportunities to volunteers within Monmouthshire to assist them with their volunteer roles. Providing a variety of courses aimed at volunteers including; food hygiene, first aid, wellbeing, safeguarding and many other courses that can help volunteers overcome any barriers they may face. Bespoke courses are also developed based on specific needs.

fredweston@monmouthire.gov.uk

monmouthshire.gov.uk/community-leadership-programme

Destination For All – MonLife

Communities and Place

“A Destination for all”: This project aims to improve the accessibility of the destination for everyone in Monmouthshire, whether they’re here for a day, a week, or a lifetime. It includes capital and revenue funded activity. The capital funding will be used to provide grants for physical adaptations at local cultural and heritage sites to improve accessibility and counter the effects of isolation, particularly for older and disabled people.

nicolaedwards@monmouthshire.gov.uk

https://www.visitmonmouthshire.com/

Gwent Green Grid Project

Gwent Green Grid – MonLife

Communities and Place

The Gwent Green Grid is a collaborative partnership of the 5 Gwent Local Authorities and NRW, supported by a wide range of stakeholders and NGOs delivering a consistent approach to Green Infrastructure management across Gwent. The partnership and its programme of work acts as a key delivery mechanism that enables strategic planning, ecosystem service assessment and planning, eco-connectivity and mechanisms that create healthier citizens, stimulates business opportunities, and provides community benefits. The project will help deliver a range of outputs supporting resilient ecological networks and nature-based solutions, nature, and climate actions, manage our tree and woodland resource, support health and wellbeing opportunities and support green skills training.

colettebosley@monmoutshire.gov.uk

monlife.co.uk/outdoor/green-infrastructure/gwent-green-grid-partnership/

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Together WORKS

Communities and Place

Together WORKS is a multi-faceted community hub based in Caldicot, South Monmouthshire jointly ran by MCC and GAVO. It is home to 12+ community groups who use and interact with the space on a weekly basis, as well as a community fridge, Makers Space, Benthic (Library of things) and various wellbeing and digital inclusion services. It is also a home for collaboration and partnership working with our community colleagues from MHA, Poll and Citizens Advice to name a few. TogetherWORKS has plugged a huge resource gap in Caldicot and is doing a fantastic job at improving the lives of the people who use it.

ashleymorgan@monmouthshire.gov.uk

alison.palmer@gavo.org.uk

https://www.facebook.com/togetherworks.caldicot/

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Business Monmouthshire

Supporting Local Business

The Business Monmouthshire SPF Project will enhance capacity within Monmouthshire County Council’s Economy, Employment and Skills team to engage with and connect businesses to wider support.

jameswoodcock@monmouthshire.gov.uk

Business Monmouthshire – Monmouthshire Employment and Skills (mccemployskills.co.uk)

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Regional Tourism – MonLife

Supporting Local Business

Cardiff, capital of Wales collaborative marketing project. This revenue project will help fund a regional marketing plan targeting overseas, group travel / travel trade and business events markets. The project will build on the success of previous Southern Wales Partnership campaigns to help recover and sustainably grow the region’s visitor economy following the pandemic.

nicolaedwards@monmouthshire.gov.uk

www.visitmonmouthshire.com

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CELT (Connect, Engage, Listen Transform)

People and Skills

The CELT projects supporting those furthest from the labour market with wellbeing and counselling and those in work with individually training needs, providing a wraparound to our Welsh Government funded programme Communities for Work+. Providing a weekly timetable of work-related courses in Abergavenny and Caldicot.

roryclifford@monmouthshire.gov.uk

mccemployskills.co.uk

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MCC Economy, Employment and Skills

Multiply

Monmouthshire Multiply is an adult numeracy programme designed to improve functional numeracy skills through free personal tutoring, digital training, and flexible courses. The focus will be family learning through primary schools. Care Leavers focus on managing finances and engagement work to offer non-accredited workshops/courses and support participants wanting to achieve additional numeracy courses.

roryclifford@monmouthshire.gov.uk

mccemployskills.co.uk/multiply

Creative Futures – MonLife

Communities and Place

Creative Futures allows time and space to develop creative work and creative practice with young people. It is a collaborative programme that supports local arts activity and importantly gives young people a voice in its development. The programme consists of Bespoke Youth Arts sessions/Interventions and the establishment of a Monmouthshire Youth Theatre.

davebaxter@monmouthshire.gov.uk

katherinemcdermidsmith@monmouthshire.gov.uk

https://boroughtheatreabergavenny.co.uk/creative-futures-monmouthshire/

Wye Valley River Festival, Gwyl Afon Dyffryn Gwy

Flowing Through Communities – Wye Valley River Festival

Communities and Place

The Wye Valley River Festival CIC is an arts organisation, led by artists and communities creating work with the environment at its heart. Bringing local people, environmentalists, and talented artists together for a creative exploration of what is possible. Every other year those explorations lead to the biennial Wye Valley River Festival, hosted up and down the Wye Valley.

rachel.wyevalleyfestival@gmail.com

wyevalleyriverfest.com

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iConnect – Monmouthshire Housing Association

Communities and Place

iConnect offers all-round digital support ranging from getting online, to accessing services, seeking health and well-being advice, keeping in touch with loved ones, applying for jobs, as well as sourcing devices and affordable wi-fi.

 iConnect are committed to pushing back the many barriers that people have exploring the digital world and in doing so helping them find new interests, new connections, and new opportunities.

sarahjones@monmouthshirehousingassociation.co.uk

monmouthshirehousing.co.uk/news/digital-inclusion-at-your-fingertips/

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Today’s Heritage Tomorrow – MonLife

Communities and Place

This project will enhance ten of the county’s Heritage sites through the implementation of the Heritage Strategy Action Plan. Activities include the creation of visitor experience plans for each of sites, development of new training and induction plans for site teams, enhanced stakeholder engagement and new play and exhibition programmes.

garethllewellyn@monmouthshire.gov.uk

Heritage – Monlife

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Elevate – Alacrity Foundation

Supporting Local Business

Combining programmes and expertise between two established organisations operating nationally in the entrepreneurship space, namely the alacrity Foundation and Townsquare, the aim of Elevate Monmouthshire is to create a new ecosystem that promotes entrepreneurship, stimulates growth in new businesses and supports firms with ambitions for growth. Elevate will deliver practical commercialisation programmes and events that will offer help, advice, training, and mentoring to start-up entrepreneurs and existing enterprises across the Monmouthshire area.

jlewis@alacrityfoundation.com

https://alacrityfoundation.co.uk/

 

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Food Resilience Programme

Supporting Local Business

Food Resilience Programme is a project to support Monmouthshire food and drink businesses. Linking producers with customers, promoting career opportunities, improving local supply chains, and flying the flag for Monmouthshire food and farming. Another strand of work is to host and grow the Monmouthshire Food Partnership as a forum for cross-sector collaboration on strengthening the local food system, farm to fork.

mariannefisher@monmouthshire.gov.uk

Hartpury Agri-Tech Centre

TaLK – Hartpury College

Supporting Local Business

The Technology and Local Knowledge (TaLK) project, will explore and support the plans and decisions for improved productivity and sustainability through digital systems, tools and skills for Monmouthshire farming businesses.

ben.thompson@hartpury.ac.uk

hartpury.ac.uk/for-business/hartpury-agri-tech-centre

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Inspire – MCC Economy, Employment and Skills

People and Skills

Inspire aims to work with young people aged 14-19 who are at risk of becoming or who are NEET (Not engaged in Education, Employment or Training).   The programme operates in each secondary school in Monmouthshire with a designated worker per school and has the addition of an outreach worker to support young people with less than 50% attendance across Monmouthshire.  Inspire will focus on four key indicators – Wellbeing, attendance, attainment, and behaviour and will work towards achieving a qualification and life skills with our young people.

louisewilce@monmouthshire.gov.uk

mccemployskills.co.uk/support-for-young-people/#Inspire

MCC SPF contacts

Hannah Jones

SPF Programme Lead

Michael Jordan

SPF Finance Lead

William Austin

SPF Finance Support

Connor Leacock

SPF Engagement

These projects are [funded/part-funded] by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.