HWB: Supporting Community

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HWB Background

HWB : Supporting Community was set up in response to the COVID-19 emergency in the Summer of 2020. Originally funded by the WCVA and the Moondance Foundation, the project’s objectives was to support the communities of Bro Ffestiniog, Penrhyndeudraeth and surrounding areas responding to the effects of the pandemic on our communities. Several projects were established to tackle the effects. The HWB is now funded by The National Lottery Community Fund until January 2024.

Having initially consulted with residents about the challenges they were facing when the HWB was first established, the most common findings were:

  • Loneliness
  • Feeling isolated
  • Not being able to spend much time outdoors
  • Limited or no contact with others

In response, a number of projects were established to try and tackle this...

Dod yn ôl at dy Goed

Dod yn ôl at dy Goed is an unique and innovative green/social presscribing project to encourage people to spend more time outdoors, in nature, to promote wellbeing and better mental health.

A varied programme of activities is published monthly and anyone can join.

Activities such as:

*Paned in the Woods *Nature walks *Natural arts and crafts *Mindfulness *Wild cooking *Poetry in the Woods *Farm visits *Pilates *Tai Chi *Hiking

Dod yn ôl at dy Goed empowers people to reconnect with their communities and their environment with an emphasis on what’s important to them, building on their strengths and aspirations. In such uncertain times, and with so many of us having been cooped up indoors for so long, we believe everyone can benefit from spending time outdoors. There is something for everyone! We can help with transport and appropriate clothing if needed.

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Who is Dod yn ôl at dy Goed for?

Put simply – for EVERYONE!  

Everyone can benefit from a dose of nature!  Children under 16 will need an adult to accompany them. You will need to ask us if the location/activity is suitable if you intend to bring a dog.  There are no other restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate all participants.

Where do activities take place?

The project is run in the following areas -

  • Bro Ffestiniog (LL41 postcodes) – Blaenau Ffestiniog, Llan Ffestiniog, Trawsfynydd, Gellilydan, Maentwrog.
  • Penrhyndeudraeth and surrounding areas (LL48 postcodes) – Penrhyndeudraeth, Minffordd, Llanfrothen, Croesor, Rhyd.

These areas are rich in natural beauty with plenty of peaceful places to enjoy!   Locations vary within these areas. Transport is available if needed.

How does it work?

You can self-refer to take part, or any organisation can refer on your behalf. You can complete the registration form below or you can contact us by phone or email.  A staff member will then be in touch to support you on your Dod yn ôl at dy Goed journey!

Resgister for Dod yn ôl at dy Goed :

Dod yn ôl at dy Goed Registration Form

Cynefin a Chymuned i Blant

Cynefin a Chymuned i Blant is a series of sessions for children to learn about their own community and habitat and nature, with the hope of inspiring great local historians and environmental guardians for the future.

The project is based on Antur Stiniog’s Cynefin a Chymuned course for adults and it was first adapted for children by Y Dref Werdd in 2015. The project was reignited in the Summer of 2021 with the help of funding provided by Mantell Gwynedd to ensure our children can also reap the benefits of nature and our local area. 

 15 children between 8 and 11 years old take part yearly and benefit from unique outdoor experiences over the course of a year before receiving John Muir Awards on completion.

Digital Project

As part of our project to help people who have no access to the internet to get online, we have digital devices to loan out to people in our communities. We can help with connecting to the internet for the initial period, and we have digital volunteers to help.  As well as loaning devices out to individuals, we have also supported Dementia GO participants and enabled them to join in on online exercise classes, coffee mornings and sporting memories sessions.  

People taking part in the project have been able to enjoy family time on video calls during the Christmas lockdown, others have been learning to shop online whilst others have been doing courses and accessing online education.   

If you would like to borrow a device, please get in touch.

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Contact the HWB:

Penrhyndeudraeth a’r Cylch

Lauren Hill

07534 551948


Bro Ffestiniog

Non Roberts

07385 783340