Community spirit award 2022 winner
Siop Griffiths is a community enterprise in Penygroes, Dyffryn Nantlle in Gwynedd that has helped create local solutions to the challenges facing the Nantlle Valley and to give young people opportunities to stay and thrive in their community.
Siop Griffiths is one of the oldest buildings in Penygroes. It opened as the Stag’s head Pub in 1828 before becoming an ironmongers run by the Griffiths family for 85 years. In 2016 the shop was bought with £53,000 raised by the community, and Siop Griffiths Cyf, a Community Benefit Society, was established, to ensure that the building remained in the hands of the community. £900,000 was raised to renovate 3 buildings, and open a café, holiday accommodation, and a digital centre offering training for children and young people. The Digital Centre provides film, coding, podcasting and digital art workshops for children and young people. It also hosts a Repair Café/Make Space that provides space and activities for people using traditional and new skills to repair things. All are housed under one roof - Yr Orsaf.
They have helped to support the community of Penygroes in the face of economic challenges and the response to the needs of the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. There's a sustainable community transport project to support residents in the area with 3 electric vehicles for community use. Its food and well-being project is developing 3 main elements for community use - allotments; the Penygroes Wild Garden, and a Community Pantry, which uses surplus food from our local Co-op, other supermarkets and other donors.