New Year, New Beginnings.

 

For many people, the New Year is the perfect time to start something new. It’s also a great time to plan for the future.

We know that 2018 will be a great year for the STDAVIDS.WALES foundation. We’ve sent off the paperwork and we’re hoping to be registered with the charity commission within the next few weeks, and we’re kicking off our fundraising with our launch event soon – you’ll see more about that in the coming weeks.

We’ll also be spending some time in the coming weeks to plan out the rest of 2018, with the first meeting of our advisory board, experts that are already on board with us, to help us plan out how best to go forward with our work, and to make the most meaningful impact.  

Later in the year, we hope to be in a position where we can start to invest in people’s ideas, aspirations and hopes, and this support across Wales will start to bear fruit in the near future.

But we’ve got a lot of work to do before then, so for now, it’s back to it!

If you’ve got an idea, or would like to get involved in any way, please email richard@abetter.wales, and we’ll be in touch!     

Why a focus on the environment?

There has always been a natural tension between economic development and protecting the environment. Traditional forms of economic development have over relied on unsustainable practices. In Wales, we have seen the impact on of extractive coal mining and ore mining that have completely changed the natural landscape into something unrecognisable today.     

View of Merthyr Tydfil Photograph (c) Les Haines

As the impacts of man-made changes to our climate are ever more real, traditional models of economic development will have to change. All economic development will ultimately have to understand and mitigate its impact on the environment. Economic development will have to be cooperative and respectful of the place where it happens, to ensure that we do not overburden our environment for future generations. The Global Footprint Network estimates that as a global population, we are already using the resources of one and a half earths, with our carbon emissions a major contributor to this.

Our support for new models of economic development  will be a perfect space to find solutions with local people to local issues that reduce poverty, tackle unemployment and respect the environment. By acting in this manner, we hope that this will be part of the way to make #ABetterWales.

Want to make a difference? Get in touch! Email: richard@abetter.wales

 

Why a focus on local?

Wales runs on local businesses – in fact Statistics Wales says that over 99% of all businesses in Wales are Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). An amazing 94.9 percent of all businesses in Wales are micro businesses, which means they employ less than 10 people. This is why we’ve got a focus on working to reduce unemployment through helping people start up their own business.

We are working with funders and partners from across Wales in order to generate sustainable sources of income for the foundation, in order to allow us to financially support ideas and projects that will make #ABetterWales.

We want to nurture the best ideas and projects in Wales, to drive innovative solutions and approaches into business that reduce unemployment and poverty, making Wales a better place.

You can help us achieve our vision of #ABetterWales

Email us: richard@abetter.wales

Hello and Welcome!

Hi!

We’re the STDAVIDS.WALES Foundation.
We’re all about making a difference in Wales on a local level.

We’re really passionate about what drives successful local economies, to reduce poverty and unemployment, and we want to encourage the best ideas and projects that exist in Wales to reduce unemployment and make our local economies more equal and work for everyone.

We think that good investing in our local economies means investing first and foremost in investing in people, respecting our environment, and improving Welsh society and education. This is why we believe in #ABetterWales.

Simply put, #ABetterWales means doing things better for Wales.

It means better paid jobs, it means reducing poverty, it means experimenting with new ideas, it means respecting the environment, it means enriching our society and it means making Wales resilient for whatever the future brings.

So we need your support. At the moment, we’re registering with the charity commission, but soon it will be your opportunity to invest in the future of Wales.

Register your interest today, and help us write the next chapter of Welsh history.