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Providing fun for a part of Wales - Ffrindiau Llangoed

Providing fun for a part of Wales - Ffrindiau Llangoed
Llangoed is a small village at the most easterly point of Anglesey with very few facilities addressing the needs of children and young people. Ffrindiau Llangoed is a community-based project focused on improving facilities for the children within the village through working in partnership with agencies and associations such as local police, Keep Wales Tidy and Tidy Towns to provide a well co-ordinated, well managed, high performing quality play provision. Targeting both social cohesion and encouraging exercise, the group, founded in 2014, provides craft and sport activities during the school holidays, and sessions for maintaining a small community garden and includes visits to the local residential care home 
In July, 2015, the group was rewarded a £1,000 grant from the Fund for Wales, a fund created by the Community Foundation in Wales as a national community endowment fund to support small inspiring charities and community groups across the country. Having consulted with local children and factored in the environmental and financial aspects, Ffrindiau Llangoed purchased a swinging log step and wooden stretch stilts to extend their wooden trim trail – a wooden playground path for children. 
The extension of the trim trail has benefited the families and local community by bringing people together. The blend of energetic and imaginative play has been of great benefit for the children, whilst also meeting the increasing demand for play activities in the village. One of the children said it was ‘great fun on the bridge when it wobbles’, whilst another enjoyed the extra complexity, ‘smart since it’s bigger’.
Ffrindiau Llangoed have enjoyed the extension of the group  activities, and are set to continue their work with people of all ages in the community  
The Fund for Wales was formed in 2012, and has raised £2 million in donations from match-funding and charitable donations from the public. Grants of £500 to £1,000 are available for small, volunteer-driven community groups whose projects aim to improve people’s chances in life, to build stronger communities and to preserve heritage and culture, to name a few. The fund is currently open, and more details about criteria and how to apply can be found by clicking here
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