We are happy to announce that Egin officially launched yesterday (7th February 2023)!
Egin supports communities in Wales, especially those most vulnerable to climate change, to take action through Peer Mentoring.
What is Egin?
Egin is a new programme that helps to unlock the potential of communities in Wales to tackle climate change and live more sustainably.
The word “Egin” means shoots or sprouts in Welsh, and the aim is to help new ideas to generate and take root, empowering communities to come together and talk about the changes they want to see.
Our main focus is groups who might not normally feel included in conversations around climate and sustainability, yet may be the most impacted.
Groups who join the programme can get up to 3 days of support from Peer Mentors – people with experience and skills in setting up similar projects. They can help guide you to create an Action Plan for your community.
Who is it for?
Egin supports community groups, charities, non-profit and non-governmental organisations, and social enterprises in Wales.
Our main focus is to help those who will be the most impacted by climate change, yet may often feel they are not represented or included in conversations around climate.
We especially invite groups who have not taken any climate action before, and are not sure where to start.
How does it work?
You can arrange a conversation with your Facilitator to find out whether Egin is right for you. These talks are no-strings-attached, and even if you do decide to join, Egin is completely free for you.
What help will we get?
If you join Egin, your Facilitator will help your group to come up with, and decide on, ideas to help your community tackle climate change or live more sustainably, and give you support to work on your Action Plan. They’ll also help you find the right Peer Mentor for you – based on the skills and experience your community needs. You’ll get 1-3 days of support from your Peer Mentor (which could be split across more than one Mentor).
When you have made a plan, your group may be eligible for a £15,000 grant to help with project costs – you can find out more about them here: Sustainable Steps Wales – Egin.
How is it funded?
The Egin programme itself is funded by a Sustainable Steps Wales – Mentoring grant, while the grants you can apply for (if you’re eligible) are Sustainable Steps Wales – Egin grants.
Both are administered by The National Lottery Community Fund. The funding comes from the Dormant Assets Scheme – which donates money left untouched for more than 15 years in bank accounts and building societies.
Get in touch
If you want to find out more, please get in touch.