The crowdfunder is being distributed to organisations who are assisting the communities affected worst by recent flooding.
Today we are announcing the first round of recipients of the Help Wales after Storm Dennis fund – money raised by Michael Sheen to help voluntary organisations in Wales working to help those affected by recent flooding.
The GoFundMe was started to complement other fundraising efforts to directly support individuals and businesses by supporting the charities, social enterprises and community groups helping people in affected areas.
‘I see people on the frontline doing everything they can to support those families whose lives have been turned upside down in the last few days,’ said Michael Sheen who is honorary President of WCVA.
‘In order to continue this vital work, the groups and organisations who are helping the people of Wales urgently need our support.’
The fund raised £50,000 from public donations in less than four days and is currently over £80,000.
The first round will distribute £31,813.80 of the fund to groups and organisations who are taking action to help individuals who are most at need.
Funds have been allocated according to urgency and capability to help people get their lives back on track after the destructive flooding.
Treforest Community Centre
Treforest Community Centre have been open as a flood relief centre since 16 February and are helping around 54 households affected by the flooding in the area.
‘This grant will support us in providing on the ground help to the people we have already built a communication with,’ says community centre worker Aimee.
‘This funding will enable us to provide items such as white goods, from small fridges in the region of £100, washing machines £160, tumble dryers £120 right down to those requiring a microwave etc for £45.
‘Our aim is to speak to those affected directly and see what is needed.’
Too Good to Waste
Toogoodtowaste is a re-use charity based in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
They collect donated furniture, electrical and household items from members of the public and after quality controlling, servicing, repairing and cleaning the items, they pass them back out to residents.
Since Storm Dennis hit, they have helped over 60 families devastated by flooding with free furniture, electrical & household packages.
This has meant that people are able to start rebuilding their lives after losing most of their possessions, many who have either been uninsured or not had the right kind of insurance. The funding will enable them to continue this essential service.
Trallwn Community Centre
Trallwn was badly affected by the flooding and was one of the areas that was well documented in the national media. Trallwn Community Centre has been at the heart of the flood relief effort.
As a community anchor in the area, they have built strong relationships with residents and are therefore well placed to know who would benefit from this money.
‘The majority of the funds received by the centre will be spent assisting those who are uninsured,’ says Kate Fullstone.
‘Many of the residents simply couldn’t afford insurance due to past flooding, especially on Sion Street and Berw Road. Others have found that their insurance doesn’t cover the flood damage.
‘The money will be used in a variety of ways, such as renting dehumidifiers, buying white goods and general household items. Many of our residents lost items such as shoes and coats as well.’
‘Thanks to the flood fund we’re now in a position to make a real difference.’
If you are a voluntary organisation supporting those affected by the recent storms, you may be eligible for funding from the Help Wales after Storm Dennis fund. Please visit the webpage for information on how to apply.