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Social Enterprise Academy Wales are delivering three new learning programmes for Welsh Businesses

Posted on: July 7, 2020

This is a great opportunity to join other local businesses to gain some clarity on how you can lead your organisation through this period of rapid change and rebuild your income streams.

These programmes are fully funded throughout July & August for Conwy businesses.

Our new reality is causing people leading organisations to ask themselves questions such as:

How do I manage my organisation through this period of change?
How do I lead my team remotely?
How do I begin to rebuild my organisation’s income streams?

To help you answer these questions for your own realities, SEA Wales is part of a global learning network and is excited to bring to Wales three new learning programmes specifically for Welsh businesses.

Join us to explore the essential skills of change leadership and enhance the resilience of your team.
Leading Change in Challenging Times
Lead your organisation through a period of rapid change
Self-directed online learning & facilitator-led learning on Zoom
Cohort 1: 20th July, 23rd July, 30th July
Cohort 2: 6th August, 11th August, 18th August
Leading Remotely
Empower your dispersed team in challenging times
Self-directed online learning & facilitator-led learning on Zoom
Cohort 1: 31st July, 5th August, 12th August
Cohort 2: 13th August, 19th August, 26th August
Rebuilding Income Streams
Generate income in a rapidly changing trading environment
Self-directed online learning & facilitator-led learning on Zoom

Volunteers’ Week 2020

Posted on: June 9, 2020

As always, we had big plans for Volunteers’ Week, which is celebrated annually across the country during the first week of June. Alas, COVID-19 had other ideas! But even the Coronavirus couldn’t stop us applauding our amazing volunteers as we set to work moving our celebrations online.

Using our website and social media pages, we took enormous pleasure in sharing stories from our volunteers, work buddies and colleagues, alongside plenty of statistics, facts and top tips. The stories – some of which can be found here – highlighted the personal benefits of volunteering, as well as the invaluable contribution volunteers make to our community. Our highlights of the week include joining in with the national #ClapForVolunteers event and hosting a volunteers’ get-together in the form of a Skype quiz!

Volunteers’ Week also served as the perfect opportunity to share some news we are particularly proud of. We recently received the final report on the social value of our volunteering service, which shows the impact it has both on individuals and the wider community. We’re delighted with the findings, which conclude that every £1 invested in the project is worth £6 to society, calculating the social return on investment to be over £360,000 per year!

Volunteering is without a doubt a valuable asset to many, and what better way to sum it up than in the words of one of our volunteers, Jill:

“If you have the chance, everyone should do it.”

Creating Enterprise Named Amongst UK’s Top Social Enterprises

Posted on: May 15, 2020

We are delighted to share the news that Creating Enterprise has been named on the NatWest SE100 Index for the second year running. The index – which lists the top 100 social enterprises in the country – is an acknowledgement of excellence in the areas of business performance, impact management, and leadership, and we could not be prouder to have been featured on it.

Managing Director, Adrian Johnson, says, “At such strange times, this is fantastic news to be named amongst the top Social Enterprises in the UK for the second year. This is testament to the work that this fantastic organisation does and our colleagues that work hard every day to improve people’s lives and give opportunities to work”.

More information about the index, plus the full list of the UK’s top social enterprises can be found by clicking here.

Online Training & 1:1 Support – New Timetable!

Posted on: April 24, 2020

Here’s what’s on offer from our Creating Futures team over the next couple of weeks (27 April – 8 May). Getting involved is as simple as 123:

  1. Send us a Facebook message telling us that you’re interested.
  2. We’ll give you a quick call back with some very basic instructions.
  3. Join in!

We’ve had some great feedback so far, and we’re looking forward to continuing to support our community during the Coronavirus situation and beyond!

Extra Support During COVID-19

Posted on: April 21, 2020

We are excited to share the news that as a result of additional funding from The National Lottery we are able to offer extra support to our community throughout the Coronavirus crisis.

Creating Enterprise have received a grant top-up from The National Lottery Community Fund which will pay for two additional Job Search Coordinators for a period of six months. Sharon Jones, Creating Enterprise’s Business & Partnership Director, says, “As a snapshot of what is happening in our community, Cartrefi Conwy Housing Association’s call centre has reported that 58% of the calls that came in last week were as a direct result of tenants having lost their jobs. We know that this will be the case across the whole of Conwy County”. For this reason, the new roles have been created to offer extra support, guidance and mentoring to any individual wanting to find work.

Therefore, if you have been affected by redundancy or unemployment during the COVID-19 situation, or if you’ve been inspired to make some positive changes, please be assured that we are here to help. Keep an eye on our social media pages for regular updates on the support that’s available to you, and feel free to contact us at any point.

Over the next six months, The National Lottery Community Fund are prioritising grant applications for community activity related to COVID-19. To find out more visit

Teresa’s Story – from volunteer to Cartrefi Conwy Colleague

Posted on: April 9, 2020

Teresa started thinking about getting back into work as she came close to completing her final year of university. She says that, having been out of work for four years, she felt a bit lost and didn’t know where to start.

Teresa had heard about Creating Futures from a fellow Cartrefi Conwy tenant who had started volunteering with us, and this inspired her to take on her own volunteer role across three Cartrefi Conwy Group departments. By gaining on-the-job experience, improving her confidence, and receiving one-to-one job search support, Teresa was successful in securing full-time, permanent employment as an Administration Assistant, a role which fits around her parenting commitments.

Looking back on how her life has changed over the past year, Teresa says, “When I think back to the first day I visited the Creating Futures Academy it amazes me how far I’ve come! My mindset has changed completely – I am in a routine and thinking more positively. I am happy, content, and have a better understanding of my own potential”.

Keep an eye on our social media pages for more stories like Teresa’s during the coming weeks.

Latest Creating Futures Newsletter out now

Posted on: April 9, 2020

Catch up on all the latest news from Creating Futures

April 2020

March 2020

NEW online training and support sessions

Posted on: April 7, 2020

We’re delighted to bring you a new timetable of support sessions.

How can we help?

  • 1:1 advice on looking for a job
  • Skills training including budgeting and confidence building
  • Interview tips

We have something on each day.

Booking is essential. Please call us on 01492 588980 to find out more or book your place.

Our team are here to help you get job ready

Posted on: March 31, 2020


If you’re looking for some support to help you get job ready then get in touch with our friendly team.

How can we help?

  • A friendly chat about what job options are available to you
  • What you can do now to help you get job ready for the future
  • CV writing
  • Application forms
  • Interview techniques
  • Confidence building

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Call 01492 588980



Coronavirus Information

Posted on: March 19, 2020

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus, and the current strain is known as novel coronavirus.

If there’s a chance you may have coronavirus you should ‘self-isolate’ immediately, call 111 and isolate yourself from other people.

This means you should:

  • stay at home
  • not go to work, school or public areas
  • not use public transport or taxis
    ask friends, family members or delivery services for support in delivering items such as food and toiletries for you
  • try to avoid visitors to your home – it’s OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

Advice for you and your family

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low.

Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

You can reduce your risk of getting/spreading coronavirus by:

  • washing your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

This information was correct on 11/3/20. For the most up to date information please visit the Public Health Wales website: