About us

Offering small grants to people in our community who need it.

In communities like ours, we rely on each other. In fact, we’re totally dependent on each other. We need our businesses for our jobs, food, cutting our hair, looking after our kids, and a pint on a Friday night. These businesses rely on all of us to support them. This pandemic has highlighted how much we need our friends and neighbours. In tough times, the links in this chain can break. Keeping those links strong and connected is good for us all.

Many of us are finding these times tough. Some of us are finding it harder than others. But our community is big-hearted, caring, and resourced, and we believe we can make it through to the other side of this pandemic with all of us supported.

The Solidarity Fund is offering small grants to individuals in the Machynlleth area facing financial difficulty. We’re really grateful to those who’ve helped us with start-up funds, but we rely on ongoing donations in order to be able to continue to give support to those who need it. No amount is too small – and if you can give a little bit on an ongoing basis, that would be amazing.

Who are we?

We are a small group of local volunteers:

  • Penny Tristram
  • Elena Blackmore
  • Beth Maiden
  • Laurence Tidy
  • Hannah Smith

We set up this fund to address growing concerns about the financial impact of coronavirus on our community. We are inspired by other small grass-roots funds including BiPandas in London, and the UK-wide SWARM fund.