Less than three weeks after Ogmore MP and AM, Chris Elmore and Huw Irranca-Davies, held their third annual Funding Advice Day, one local organisation has already emerged as an early success story. Western Power Distribution (WPD), who attended this year’s event as a funding provider for the first time, have allocated funding to a group which is playing a very important emergency role locally.
Maesteg Community First Responders are a voluntary organisation who respond to high priority 999 calls on behalf of the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST). They play a crucial part in delivering front-line emergency care in tandem with the Ambulance services.
This year’s advice day was the best attended in the event’s history, with over 100 representatives from local clubs and community groups meeting with a record number of funding providers to seek advice and support.
Commenting on the role of a Community First Responder, Nik Dart said:
“While we are trained and insured by WAST and given a kitbag and defibrillator we are very much a self-funded group and rely on fundraising efforts to buy new uniform, PPE and kit to expand our numbers on the ground.”
“After meeting WPD at event they kindly offered to support us by donating £400 to purchase two additional kitbags and four polo shirts for future volunteers.
“Our next priority is to secure funding for an all-important Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) for Maesteg town centre.”
Chris Elmore MP and Huw Irranca-Davies AM said:
“We’re thrilled that the team at Maesteg Community First Responders have been successful in their hunt for funding. Success stories like this are exactly why we hold our Funding Advice Day every year.
“The event itself is only the start of the conversation and we are so pleased to hear that Nik and this wonderful group of volunteers have been able to secure funding to expand the incredibly important work they carry out to protect our communities.
“We hope that Nik’s story is the first of many to emerge from this year’s Funding Advice Day, as has been the case in previous years.”
On supporting community groups, WPD’s Corporate Communications Officer Karen Welch who attended the event said:
“We believe that large businesses have a responsibility to play an important role in the communities they serve by supporting worthy causes – such as voluntary organisations and charities.
"WPD is committed to supporting a wide range of projects especially those that relate to education, safety and the environment. We’re very pleased to be able to help the Community First Responders in small way with their important work.”
The Ogmore duo are still sending out information from this year’s advice day to local residents who were unable to attend. If you’re an Ogmore constituent who would like to receive a free funding pack, please get in touch with Chris Elmore MP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01656 860 034.