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4 November 2016

Taraggan community garden project receives £5000 from Police and Crime Comissioner's Partnership Fund

Taraggan, a community garden project in Bargoed has been awarded funding of £5000.00 from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent’s Partnership Fund which is funded by the proceeds of crime awarded to the police and from the sale of unclaimed found property.

It's been over six years since work began on turning a derelict piece of land into a thriving garden by community members. The local community has been a key part in developing the project, with local schools and community groups having their own plots on the site. 

Volunteers from Gofal's Pathways to Employment project help out at Taraggan in a variety of ways, and they have been involved in the application and costing process for this pot of funding which has once again been successful.

Gofal are delighted to maintain this close relationship with the project, and look forward to seeing our Pathways volunteers involved with Taraggan benefit from the grant which will go towards new tools, materials, wet weather clothing and accessories to help them when they volunteer at the gardens.

The latest round of the Commissioner’s Partnership Fund was made available in June 2016 for charities, voluntary organisations and community groups in Gwent involved in activities that have a positive impact on their communities.

Each group was able to apply for between £250 and £10,000 and had to demonstrate how their project delivered against specific areas of focus highlighted by the Commissioner which include preventing crime; protecting people from serious harm; taking more effective action to tackle anti-social behaviour; and providing better opportunities for some of the most vulnerable and excluded people in the community.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, said:

“I would like to congratulate all the projects funded on their success. This money will have a real positive impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and will offer opportunities for people who are disaffected or disengaged. It’s fantastic to see the ill-gotten gains of criminals being put back into the hands of the law-abiding majority here in Gwent.”

John Pritchard (Treasurer) & Ron Cooper (Chair) from Taraggan added:

“We are delighted and grateful to receive these funds which will enable us to provide much needed tools, accessories and materials for the extension and our volunteers at Taraggan”.

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