“Glyncoch is a deprived area; people are used to being let down.  Now people are thinking ‘we can get out of this rut’….  It’s not just the project, the whole process has brought people together.  The attitude of the community has changed.” [1]

Doug Williams, Deputy Mayor

The former-mining community of Glyncoch had spent seven years trying to raise £792,000 to build a new community centre with limited success.  With grant applications expiring, residents used Spacehive to promote their fundraising within the community through sponsored events, street fundraising and individual pledges.  Their cause was picked up by celebrities including the Wales rugby team, Stephen Fry, government digital champion Martha Lane-Fox and Griff Rhys Jones.  People from as far away as Newfoundland pledged to support the project, with further funding coming from local business.   Through the Big Society Network the community were able to gain further funding from international companies and a donation from Tesco Charity Trust gave the final £12,000.

Take a look at the CREW case study here.


[1] http://www.thebigsociety.co.uk/blog/nexter-news-town-funds-its-own-regeneration-after-state-cash-dries-up/