by Nathan Williams | 15th Feb 2019
ProMo-Cymru is pleased to announce that we have received £32,523 funding from the Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme. This is a Welsh Government fund programme managed by WCVA.
We will be improving energy efficiency at the EVi increasing the local biodiversity and involving the community through volunteering and sharing what we learn.
EVi is ProMo-Cymru’s landmark community venue that provides a programme of creative activities, learning and social enterprise developments. It is home to a variety of third sector organisations including Barnardo’s, Blaenau Gwent Youth Services, Llamau, Leeders Vale, Careers Wales and Learn About Us.
Over 5000 people a month visit the EVi, with a wide variety of uses and users for this community building. Reducing energy usage in a large building like the EVi creates major savings and helps reduce our carbon footprint.
Improving the building
This year marks the 170th year of the EVi. It’s been over a decade since ProMo-Cymru took over the running of the building. When we originally moved in, we knew that it needed a lot of work to improve the fabric of the building. From the very beginning we worked with the future in mind. We installed two state of the art ground heat pumps to make heating more efficient. Thanks to this fund, we will soon be implementing a number of other energy saving features. We will also be involving the community as volunteers to help increase biodiversity around the building.
Energy efficiency and cost-saving may not sound very exciting to those using the building, but it is very important to all that goes on in the EVi. This behind the scenes work allows the EVi to continue to support the local community. Over the next year we will be asking volunteers and staff at the EVi to share what makes it such a special place to work and play. We are also excited to get the young people who use the building to share what they’re doing. We will broadcast everything over our digital channels. This ensures that everyone gets to see the work that ProMo-Cymru and community does to develop sustainability in Ebbw Vale.