About us

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


Our Vision

Our vision is a society where money, power and resources are shared fairly, where everyone is able to feel secure, and where nobody has to rely on ‘charity’ to get by.

No-one is an island. Machynlleth is a town where people support each other. Our community is big-hearted, caring and resourced, and we believe we can make it through to the other side of the pandemic with everyone supported.

We know that the government is failing us. We know from countless stories that Universal Credit isn’t working – and that many in need can’t get it, whether because of citizenship status or other unjust barriers. We exist to help bridge the gap between welfare provision and real people.

We rely on ongoing donations in order to be able to continue to give support to those who need it. If you can, please donate here.

Who are we?

We are a small group of local volunteers mostly based in Machynlleth: Em Appleton, Elena Blackmore, Mim Davies, Beth Maiden, Dora Meade, Helen Sandler, Hannah Smith and Loz Tidy.

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OUR VALUES

Community

We are all local volunteers who share a love for Machynlleth and its people. We believe in redistribution. We raise funds from local people and businesses, and make cash grants to local folks in financial emergencies.

Dignity

Our grants process is simple, non-judgemental and fast, and we treat people as human beings. We’re working towards getting more direction from people with lived experience of poverty, benefits and financial hardship.

Sustainability

As a small team of volunteers, we work within the limits of our capacity and resources. We do our best and do not expect perfection. To ensure we can keep running this fund long term, we prioritise our wellbeing and have fun!