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Anglesey volunteer organisation wins Welsh Government backing to move into the Cloud

Press Release   •   Dec 13, 2013 08:00 GMT

Medrwn Môn, the County Voluntary Council for Anglesey, has received backing from Communities 2.0, the Welsh Government’s digital inclusion programme.

The support will increase the organisation’s efficiency by improving office functionality, data security and admin services.

Communities 2.0 has supported the organisation with an investment of nearly £3000, which will help save costs, help it to modernise its IT infrastructure and move to cloud computing. It has also provided technical expertise and advice. Communities 2.0 is a Welsh Government programme which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The new technology will radically improve Medrwn Môn’s network and office functionality and increase its efficiency. It will lower ICT maintenance and management costs for the organisation and will improved data security as well as facilitate the introduction of a disaster recovery plan.

Medrwn Môn provides independent support and advice to voluntary organisations and community groups on Anglesey to enable them to work more effectively. One of its aims is to promote and support volunteering across the county, providing organisations with a range of services and ensuring each plays a full and prominent role in developing the potential of the Island. Medrwn Môn supports over 800 groups, clubs, and social enterprises, volunteering organisations and volunteers in Anglesey.

John Jones is Chief Officer of Medrwn Môn,

“Medrwn Môn is delighted to have been awarded this funding which will radically improve our services to our members and the voluntary and community groups on Anglesey. Our relationship with Communities 2.0 has proved very fruitful and this partnership arrangement demonstrates how the third sector can work together effectively and add value to funding. We look forward to other initiatives in the future.”

Communities 2.0 project director Cathryn Marcus commented:

“Communities 2.0 is delighted to be able to add its support to these essential new developments for Medrwn Môn. The investment will help the organisation to continue to support voluntary organisation across Anglesey so they can continue to deliver essential services in the community. The new technology will safeguard the investment and ensure that Mendrwn Mon is equipped to face future delivery challenges”.

This investment is just part of a total of over £75,000 invested across Wales as part of this round of Communities 2.0 funding. To date over £540,000 has been approved for direct investment in social enterprises and micro businesses in Wales, supporting 100 enterprises.

In addition, Communities 2.0 has supported 267 enterprises with significant assistance and advice for adopting or exploiting Information Communication Technology. Over 330 community groups and organisations have also benefitted from significant assistance and advice from the project, many of whom have used this to inform the creation of new social enterprises.

Communities 2.0

Communities 2.0 is a Welsh Government programme and is part of the Delivering a Digital Wales strategy. Communities 2.0 is delivered by four partner organisations – the Wales Co-operative Centre, Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services, Carmarthenshire County Council and the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling (University of South Wales). Communities 2.0 works in the Convergence area of Wales and parts of Wrexham, Flintshire and Powys, helping communities and small enterprises to make the most of the internet.

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