Anglesey based charity open a newly renovated office to support local people and regenerate the town.
Môn Communities Forward’s new Amlwch base, designed by Dewi’s Architecture, Llanfairpwll, opened this July. The renovation project which began in August 2021 is now complete and serves as a fully functional office, training facility and meeting space.
The charity employing 45 staff has helped over 1,500 local people into employment in the last 5 years and distributed £550K funding to small businesses in the last 5 months. This central hub will allow the charity to continue the delivery of their great work in supporting the community to prosper.
The Salem Street building, formerly used as a bank branch, comprises of four private meeting rooms, reception area, training room with participant capacity of twelve, and two one-bedroom flats at the rear. Anglesey Builders secured the refurbishment contract in July 2021 and have completed the build to a very high standard.
Gethin Williams, Managing Director of Adeiladwyr Môn Cyf Anglesey Builders said:
“As a local company who aim to employ 100% local, we were delighted to have been awarded the Salem Street Refurbishment contract on behalf of Môn CF. The project gave our company an opportunity to further employ staff, in particular two members who live in Amlwch. We felt that the site works, and final product was a huge success not just for Môn CF but also local businesses and most importantly Amlwch itself.”
Môn Communities Forward is a charity and company owned by the people of Anglesey. Originally established in 2012 to support the most deprived areas of the Island, it has now evolved to become the go-to organisation for individuals looking for help to upskill, find work and progress. Môn CF operate across Anglesey and Gwynedd, from offices based in Amlwch, Bangor, Caernarfon, Holyhead and Menai Bridge.
Ann Kennedy, Chair of Board of Directors of Môn Communities Forward said:
“Môn CF is delighted that our offices and the two flats on the High Street in Amlwch, finished to such a high standard by Anglesey Builders, will attract more people into the town and contribute to the economy of Amlwch.”
Môn CF have received Welsh Government ‘Transforming Towns’ funding via Anglesey County Council and £98,000 from the Magnox Socio-Economic scheme to help fund this transformational project.
Stuart Law, Wylfa Site Director at Magnox, part of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, said:
“Magnox is committed to supporting the local communities near its sites and this is a great example of how we have been able to work with an organisation that make a real difference to the lives of the people in this area. Our engagement with Môn CF is helping us achieve our objective to create a sustainable future for individuals and local organisations on Anglesey.”
Councillor Carwyn Jones, the Isle of Anglesey County Council's Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Leisure and Tourism, said:
"The Môn CF Amlwch Hub project is an excellent example of how trusted partner organisations can bring about real and positive change in our communities.”
"We agreed with Môn CF that this project would support the physical, social and economic regeneration of Amlwch town centre and North Anglesey generally. With other external funders unable to support property purchase costs, our regeneration team successfully applied for Welsh Government Transforming Towns funding for this aspect on behalf of Môn CF, plugging the funding gap.”
"We congratulate Môn CF for their excellent work on refurbishing and bringing new life to this vacant commercial property and look forward to seeing the positive impact this invaluable new hub will have on local people, businesses and organisations."