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Press Release

RainbowBiz CIC saved from closure after £10k ‘lifeline’

Photo Credit: Ginger Pixie Photography

A social enterprise that works with the most marginalised members of the North Wales community has been saved from closure after receiving £10,000 in emergency funding.

RainbowBiz CIC were facing a financial crisis after Covid-19 forced them to close their Hippy Shop in Mold, which used 100 per cent of its profits to sustain the work of the social enterprise.

With no money coming in staff feared they would have to end their work until the Steve Morgan Foundation gave them a £10,000 ‘lifeline’ to help them through the worst of the crisis.

The money will enable them to sustain the RainbowBiz Hippy Shop in Mold for the next three months and carry on working with their most vulnerable members.

RainbowBiz CIC director Sue Oliver said: “When Covid-19 struck our first thought was with the people we support.  We were forced to shut our Hippy Shop and were faced with the prospect of having to close the enterprise completely.

“Our work had previously been recognised by the Steve Morgan Foundation so we applied for financial assistance as part of their Covid-19 Emergency Fund and they awarded us £10,000. It was such a relief.”

Sarah Way, director and Hippy Shop manager said: “Not only is the shop our trading arm where we make money for our projects, it is also a gathering place for groups, volunteers, holistic therapists and our regular customers who we love to chat with.

“I am so relieved and humbled by this funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation that will keep our lovely shop from closing permanently.  The future looks bright again for us.”

The social enterprise will also be able to continue contacting members, including their weekly online social meet-up so people can socialise despite being housebound.

Steve Morgan, founder of the Steve Morgan Foundation, said: “Last year RainbowBiz CIC won the Best Entrepreneurial Social Enterprise Award at the Steve Morgan Foundation Awards for the work they do with the most marginalised members of the community.”

“Many of these people are extremely isolated and rely on projects like RainbowBiz  for social interaction and routine. That’s why we stepped in now so they can continue their good work when they’re needed the most.”

Morgan has committed to give £1m a week for an initial 12 weeks to charities in North Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire to help them carry on working with the vulnerable during Covid-19.

Digging Deeside Social Gardening Project

Sarah Way, Director of RainbowBiz CIC and Project Co-ordinator of the social gardening project Digging Deeside.

One of the regular groups, a social gardening project called Digging Deeside is now running a lockdown growing project called Let’s Grow Together.  This is to promote positive wellbeing, food sustainability and encourage everyone in the community to get involved.  Short videos are being shared of progress of seeds which are being grown and photographs which members of the community are being encouraged to send it which are then shared for everyone to see.  This is giving lots of inspiration and focus to the community who may not have grown anything from seed before. If you would like to get involved, please take a look at the Digging Deeside facebook page, you can also email your photographs and videos to info@rainbowbiz.org.uk  Let’s Grow Together!

Flower and Vegetable Show 2015

PRESS RELEASE – FROM CONNAH’S QUAY TOWN COUNCIL

The Town Council is immensely pleased at the success of the fourth annual Connah’s Quay Flower and Vegetable show held at the Civic Hall on Saturday 29 August which built upon the success of the first two events.

Councillor Martin White, Vice-Chair of the Town Council was pleased to be in attendance to meet the exhibitors and hand out prizes at the awards stage, he was ‘impressed with the quality of the produce shown’. Councillor Mrs Pam Attridge stated that she ‘was immensely pleased at the effort everyone had made.  She thanked staff and everyone who had worked hard to put the show together and members of the public for their support both locally and throughout Flintshire.’

The successful 1st, 2nd and 3rd exhibitors in each class were all acknowledged with the prize-winners cards and five overall winners received a small prize and were as follows:-

  • Best Exhibit in the Junior class – Awarded to Mia Roberts Prize was ‘A gift voucher and a day as an Animal Keeper or with horses and ponies at Coleg Cambria – Northop’ – Exhibit: a plate of six scones
  • Best Exhibit in the Floral Class – Awarded to Therese Denis – Exhibit: Flower display.
  • Best Exhibit in the Fruit Class – Awarded to Linda Phillips – Exhibit: plate of any soft fruit.
  • Best Exhibit in the Vegetable Class – Awarded to Jim Attridge – Exhibit: plate of tomatoes.
  • Best Exhibit in show – Awarded to Jim Attridge. Jim wins a complementary meal for two at Y Celstryn, the college training restaurant at Coleg Cambria – Deeside.  Exhibit: plate of tomatoes.
  • Top Tray Category as sponsored by ‘Garden News’ was won by Bob Large.

All winners were presented with certificates from the Town Council, together with a small prize in addition to prizes from Coleg Cambria.

The Town Council wishes to extend its most grateful thanks to Mr Paul Raven, Deputy Director – Landbased & Independent Living Skills and all at Coleg Cambria and his staff Alwyn Jones and Robert MacKay for the judging, also for the prizes and the enthusiastic general support for this event. It also wishes to place on record it’s grateful thanks to Mrs Mary North for judging the Fruit and chidren’s section at the event

It is envisaged that a similar event will be arranged next year.

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The quality of exhibits was very competitive and of a very high standard

Top Tray winner Bob Large with Vice-Chair of the Town Council Cllr Martin White

Top Tray winner Bob Large with Vice-Chair of the Town Council Cllr Martin White

Mia Roberts receives her prize for the best in children’s section from Cllr Martin White and Vice-Chair consort          Mrs White

Mia Roberts receives her prize for the best in children’s section from Cllr Martin White and Vice-Chair consort Mrs White

Therese Denis receives the Flower Section winning certificate from Vice- Chair Cllr White

Therese Denis receives the Flower Section winning certificate from Vice- Chair Cllr White

Linda Phillips was the winner in the fruit Section

Linda Phillips was the winner in the fruit Section

Jim Attridge receives his prizes for the best in Vegetable and overall in show from Cllr White

Jim Attridge receives his prizes for the best in Vegetable and overall in show from Cllr White