Community funds at the renewable energy projects we operate are helping to tackle key issues in UK communities. RWE pride ourselves on the fact that these projects aren’t just powering homes, they’re empowering communities and helping them to thrive. Take a look at our interactive map below and see our community funding in action.
- Brechfa Forest Onshore Wind farm
- Goole Fields and Goole II Onshore Wind Farms
- Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm
- Rampion Offshore Wind Farm
Brechfa Forest Onshore Wind farm, Carmarthenshire
Expected lifetime value of community fund – Over £11 million
The ‘Cynefin’ project
Goole Fields and Goole II Onshore Wind Farms, East Yorkshire
Expected lifetime value of community fund – Over £1.6 million
Wellbeing garden project - Snaith School
Funding from the Goole Wind Farms Community Fund has allowed the school to run a gardening project and create an outdoor wellbeing space in the school grounds. The quiet and relaxing outdoor space means lots of young people in the school benefit from the calming effects of being in nature, potentially reducing stress levels, improving mood and enhancing self-esteem.
The project also directly engaged some of the more vulnerable students who had the opportunity to get involved with the planting and maintenance of the garden, building skills which will help them to thrive in the classroom. Growing and caring for plants requires exercising patience, resilience, persistence and commitment. Taking responsibility for helping plants to grow means being trusted to care for them, and helping them to thrive can brings feelings of pride and empowerment.
Community café and garden centre - The Green Team
Development of a community café and garden centre has been supported by the Goole Wind Farms Community Fund. It is part of a recent relocation project to bring all of the Green Teams activities, which also include a charity gardening service and commercial gardening service, onto one site. Overall this will help to facilitate the continued growth of the organisation as well as relieving many of the historic challenges of being based on a split site.
The Green Team provides benefit to a significant number of people – both Volunteers and customers, some of whom may be facing economic, personal or social disadvantage.
For the majority of Volunteers, the greatest development is not necessarily in acquiring gardening skills and knowledge but often more personal. Some have faced huge life challenges or have had negative experiences through their childhood or adulthood but by being exposed to such a positive, supportive environment, where the Green Tea can offer stability, they become the foundation of an inspirational personal transformation and they begin to flourish as individuals.
At the garden centre volunteers have the opportunity to plant seeds, grow plants and flowers which are then sold on to the public to raise money for the charity. This coupled with the profits from the café will help to build the long term sustainability of the charity.
Local heritage archive project - Yorkshire Waterways Heritage Society
The Yorkshire Waterways Heritage Society aim to illuminate the lives of the hard working watermen who plied their trade on the waterways of 19th and 20th century Yorkshire, sharing and preserving their stories for future generations.
The late Brian Masterman was an Old Goole historian, who amassed an extensive local heritage collection. Funding from the Goole Wind Farms Community Fund has contributed to the archiving of this local historians life work including purchase of suitable storage containers.
The collection includes documents, photographs and artefacts of old Goole, the people who lived in the area and has a particular focus on ship building. Volunteers have been sorting, cataloguing and scanning the archive, making sure it is safe and preserved for the education of future generations.
Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, Newhaven
Expected lifetime value of community fund – Over £3.1 million
Solar panels - Creative Heart
Creative Heart is a welcoming community hub and arts café in the heart of Littlehampton. They are passionate about bringing community together and tackling social isolation and loneliness. They know that creativity of all kinds can improve mental, emotional and physical health and so they provide as many different opportunities as possible for people to join in no matter what their ability, age or background.
By funding 50% of the costs of solar panel installation on the building roof, the Rampion Wind Farm Community Fund has helped to unlock additional match funding and most importantly to reduce the energy usage of the building. This will cut the costs of running the building and reduce carbon emissions, all the while making it warmer for those using the facilities.
Tackling the cost of living - FareShare Sussex and Surrey
Fighting hunger, tackling food waste, creating opportunities – FareShare Sussex & Surrey rescues surplus food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, businesses and farms.
The organisation works with over 153 organisations and charities to make sure food gets to people who need it most. Redistributed food is used in preparing low-cost or free meals, to stock cost-reducing community fridges and to supply emergency food parcels.
Their new electric van which was part-funded from Rampion Wind Farm Community Fund helps to redistribute food to those most at risk of food poverty. It is also helping to reduce fuel costs and carbon emissions for the organisation, helping to support long term sustainability.
The new van means the 150+ army of volunteers can continue to distribute food to food banks, community fridges & pantries, community meals and to residential settings ACROSS Sussex and Surrey.
Getting the community moving - Brighton Bike Hub
Brighton Bike Hub is a volunteer run project based in the heart of Brighton. Working towards making the streets of Brighton a safer, cleaner and healthier place to travel around and live in by reducing waste and cutting carbon emissions. The project also saves many local people money by helping them access vital services by promoting and providing a much cheaper way to travel.
Members of the public can come to the hub and repair their bikes, get advice, help and have free access to tools and workshop space. Brighton Bike Hub offers affordable new and used parts and a range of refurbished bikes for sale.
Funding from Rampion Wind Farm Community Fund helped pay staffing costs including a project coordinator as well as purchasing a shipping container for bike storage, running classes and DIY repair sessions.