Denbigh social enterprise inspires environmentally-focussed and creative change to support a sustainable future
Marguerite Pearce tells us about how Y Tŷ Gwyrdd is creating a movement in its community and driving change for the people living and working in the area, with accessible zero-waste solutions, including a Fairtrade shop, café, artists’ space and toy exchange among the planned initiatives.
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Through living, volunteering, and working in the area I have been inspired by the creativity and friendliness of the local community, to join the movement in making a positive contribution and driving change for the people that live and work here. This combined with my love of the outdoors, and desire to protect our environment motivated me to establish Y Tŷ Gwyrdd, a new social enterprise in Denbigh.
Y Tŷ Gwyrdd has been created to offer an inclusive and welcoming space for the local community, to celebrate and promote the inspiring people and enterprises in Denbigh and the surrounding area, and to help reduce the communities’ impact on the environment by offering affordable and accessible zero-waste options and opportunities to facilitate a circular economy.
Facilities proposed include a shop offering locally sourced, Fairtrade and zero-waste products, regular repair workshop, café, children’s indoor play space, book, clothing and toy exchange, and exhibition of local artists’ work. We are engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to support and promote local community enterprises and activities.
Our current project is a collaboration with local professional artist Wendy Lawrence, a community mural to include ceramic artwork created by local residents to reflect and express their feelings of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic from the perspective of hope.
We are in the process of investigating suitable premises, with the aim of opening the shop within the next few months (depending on covid-19 restrictions, possibly for click & collect, and delivery only).
Progress has been delayed somewhat during lockdown due to juggling work and home life, and the reduced support services available. However, despite these challenges we are moving forwards with the support of business mentor Rachael Hobbs at Social Business Wales, the School for Social Entrepreneurs Brewin Dolphin Start Up Programme, and through collaborations with other local public and private organisations. We believe working together is paramount in maximising social, environmental, and economic impact in our communities.
In the words of Sir David Attenborough ‘The future of life on earth depends on our ability to take action’.