Llyr Huws Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s Assembly Member for North Wales, has praised a Wrexham enterprise partnership for creating jobs and opportunities in such a difficult economic climate.
He backed Caia Park Partnership, based on Prince Charles Road, Wrexham, during a visit to see the centre’s many social enterprises, which are now providing work for former volunteers.
Mr Gruffydd said: “My background is in promoting social enterprises as a way of providing jobs and services in the community. I know how difficult it can be to set these up, let alone to make them work and make a profit that can be re-invested in the enterprise.
“That’s why I was so keen to see what was going on in Caia Park Partnership, where the team has managed to set up a number of social enterprises that are creating work and opportunities in an area that needs both. It’s a one-stop shop for local people who want to improve themselves through training, adult education, volunteering and job creation and has rightly been supported by the local council in developing these services. It also offers a range of support services, including a valuable tenant advice service for the whole borough.
“The Partnership is a success story that is constantly looking to develop what it can offer the community and is doing so by reducing its dependency on grants significantly in the past few years. That’s a very encouraging development and I know local Plaid councillors in Caia Park are supportive of the Partnership’s success in making money in different ways.”
Mr Grufydd added that he hoped that Wrexham council’s executive board will agree to a new three-year funding package when they meet on July 19. The package represents a third of the current funding and will support the partnership’s core team. The North Wales AM said “It is essential to maintain and develop this very important enterprise hub in Caia. They’ve developed innovative social enterprises in difficult times and I hope they continue to do so in the near future.”