Rhondda AM Leighton Andrews has launched a digital campaign to celebrate and promote the success of local organisations and charities.
“Rhondda Can” is a website which includes video interviews with founders of different organisations that have contributed or made a difference to the Rhondda in some way.
Mr Andrews said: “I was frustrated with people talking down our valleys. Rhondda Can aspires to give local initiatives a platform to promote and communicate their achievements.
“We have really enjoyed visiting and hearing about the outstanding projects going on in the area. The Rhondda is pioneering a range of great initiatives and we know that there are many more stories to collect.”
One of the featured videos includes an interview with Rhys Milsom, editor of Wiced, an online magazine managed by young people from the Rhondda.
During the interview Mr Milsom describes how his background in creative writing led him to become editor of the website which had over 65,000 unique views last month.
He explains how 650 young people, aged between 11-25 are signed up to the project and around 9-10 articles are submitted to the website every week.
Some of the other organisations featured on the site include:
- Dylan’s Den
- Pop Factory
- Arts Factory
- Friends of the Animals
- Too Good to Waste
- Rhondda Breast Friends
- Big Click
- Your Pets Warehouse
- RCT Skills Centre
Mr Andrews will be hosting a celebration evening for the initiative at one of the organisations featured, the Workers’ Gallery, a new art gallery in Ynyshir tonight from 6.30-7.30pm.
If you have a story to tell, or wish to recommend a feature, please email Leighton.Andrews@wales.gov.uk.