A WEBSITE and app promoting Welsh culture in all its forms is expanding to highlight and celebrate the valuable work of grassroots community organisations across Wales.

AM, which was founded two years ago, has announced a new Communities section, which will feature content promoting community activity, while connecting communities.

Organisations which will feature will include economic co-operatives, community buildings, local performance groups and emergency and environmental ventures.

Chief executive of AM Alun Llwyd said: “We believe that a community culture created and owned by the community itself is necessary to the wellbeing of everyone and everything.

“Forming partnerships from the ground up to create and share content with these pioneering organizations is a tremendous honour.”

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Meleri Davies from Partneriaeth Ogwen, a social enterprise working for the benefit of the economy, society and communities of Dyffryn Ogwen, has applauded the new venture.

“Community ventures make a huge difference to the lives of people across Wales,” she said. “From environmental action to developing the local economy, our influence is substantial, but very little attention is given to this in the national press.

“It’s wonderful, then, to see AM allocate a specific section for communities on their website.

“It serves as documentation of our work but also as recognition of our work’s importance and the importance of community to the lives of people in Wales.”

The section is being launched now as community groups and other organisations work to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Lowri Jones from Theatr Gydweithredol Troed y Rhiw, Ceredigion, said: "It’s an important time for our neighbourhoods as we try to restart our cultural activity.

“We look forward to working with AM to use theatre and digital stages to spread the creative output of the West’s local areas”.

And Lisbeth McLean from Canolfan and Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil, said: “One of the most important lessons we’ve learned here in Canolfan Soar over this period is the importance of people being able to meet and socialise to the community.

“There’s a feeling of new appreciation and love in the building since we’ve opened our doors again. The service we provide to our community is at the root of its progression.

“It’s an honour to be a part of a network of organizations making a difference across Wales. It’s an excellent opportunity to share information and experience and to foster new partnerships.”

Christopher Evans from Saith Seren in Wrexham – a pub which also provides events focussed around the Welsh language and culture – has also welcomed the new initiative.

“The community of Wrexham is at the heart of Saith Seren, and it’s exciting to be able to be a part of a new national, digital community through AM and its Communities section,” he said.

AM is available online at amam.cymru or as a mobile app on the App Store and Google Play.

Any organisations or groups with an interest in having a presence in this section should contact AM.

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