Empower Inspire CIC was established at the beginning of 2022 as a direct response to a post-Covid world. The idea was to reduce isolation and promote inclusion through the creation of community groups to be formed on a needs-led basis. The organisation operates in the Neath Port Talbot/Swansea Bay area of south Wales. Empower Inspire has now set up eight community groups that benefit 110-120 people a week. These include a group supporting parents of children with additional needs, an intergenerational group meeting for coffee mornings, two Singing for the Brain classes, and a group initiative aimed at improving mobility in older people.
At the February 2023 meeting, Allen Lane has agreed a grant of £5,000 to Empower Inspire to set up an additional group in Glynneath within the Vale of Neath. This will run as the ‘Sunflower Café’ and provide an informal session for individuals living with dementia, and their carers. The dementia café will help to reduce the isolation felt by individuals and their families, and improve their wellbeing. It aims also to improve opportunities for signposting/referring people into professional services where appropriate.