About Golygfa Gwydyr

Golygfa Gwydyr is a social enterprise based in Llanrwst. We are a non-profit, community led organisation operating a value-based process.

Established 2004


Within the context of local community and place, our aim is to enhance social, environmental and economic resilience and to provide opportunities for personal growth and vibrant community relations


  • trusting relationships, equality, social justice, anti-discrimination
  • social and economic inclusion
  • participatory democracy
  • community empowerment
  • working and learning together
  • collective action, self-determination, peer support and mutual aid

Aims and Objectives

  • to set up and facilitate projects that benefit the community
  • to increase individual and community participation in projects by addressing barriers to participation
  • to promote and develop skills within the community
  • to support social inclusion
  • to provide opportunities for advancing individual and community wellbeing
  • to provide opportunities for volunteering and training
  • to further the principals of Social Forestry in Wales

Community Managed Assets

  • Golygfa Gwydyr Community Building, Llanrwst: opperates an open-door drop-in policiy Mon-Fri 9am-5pm plus evenings for specific projects, and from which Golygfa Gwydyr opperates administritavely
  • Caerdroia Forest Site and Llwybr Y Ceirw Sculpture Trail: a 15 hectare site in the Gwydyr Forest linked to the town (and our community building) by Llwybr y Ceirw Sculpture trail and Forestry Commission Wales access routes. The site comprises a mile long labyrinth pathway, an outdorr performance space, an outdoor education space, a registered orchard, and is a facility which community members and visitors can freely access to walk the pathway and enjoy the forest environment.
  • 16 seater mini-bus: used to shuttle volunteers, community members and visitors to the Caerdroia Forest Site and Community Garden, also used for exchange learningtrips to other community groups and social enterprises, networking events, and agricultural/community shows.

Governance & Management Systems

Four part time Project Development Officers employed who report to the Board of Directors (comprising 8 community members) who provides strategic leadership for the enterprise as a whole. The AGM allows Directors to be nominated and elected. Part time admin manager employed. We have a succession plan in place to ensure operational sustainability and opportunities for young people to take leadership roles.

Project Funding

We generate income from room hire, ticketed events, courses and fundraising but are largely dependent on grant aid.

We are currently developing two of our projects into viable income streams in order to financially support the social enterprise as a whole, providing an exit strategy from dependance on grant aid whilst safe guarding the community managed assets listed above.

If you would like to help us fund raise, at any level, then do get in touch 01492 642 110