Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Wisdom of Caia Park almanac

I've been given these costs for the "Wisdom of Caia Park" almanac by Caia Park Communities First. As you can see, there is no council funding for this project and I'm happy to make that clear.

ALMANAC PROJECT
SOURCE OF FUNDING
£
ARTS COUNCIL FOR WALES 16,500 00
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY 07/08 4,500 00
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY 08/09 4,648 00
UNRISTRICTED FUNDING 1,000 00

TOTAL 26,648 00

EXPENSES
ARTIST'S FEES 8,099 98
ARTIST'S EXPENSES 400 00
PURCHASE OF ALMANACS 9,840 00
DESIGN AND PROOF SERVICE 4,000 00
IMAGE SCANNING SERVICE 3400 00
SHIPPING 323 40
TOTAL 26,063 38

I had a very interesting meeting with some of the people responsible for the book yesterday and we'll see what emerges from this project.

5 comments:

Nick Bourne said...

Tell us more about this book, I know nothing!

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

See our blog entry on 19th April 2009 - Communities First and Caia Park. There are plenty of spare copies disgusted locals have been handing them back. I have a copy of the grant application to the Welsh Arts Council from C/F, figures quoted don't quite match the figures from this FOI request.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

This is the C/F rationale behind the project and what was sent to the Evening Leader:

"The almanac has been produced, at the request of the Community, to celebrate the many years, of the excellent community spirit, that exists within Caia Park.

Residents felt, that following many years of negative press, following the publication of a book called " The making of a criminal which compared Caia Park with Marseille in France, it was time the community were able to produce positive attributes to the area.

The funding for the book came from a grant from the Arts Council for Wales, which allowed us to engage, a world famous author Simon Grennon. Simon spent months working with approx 500 residents, of all ages, who live, work and have connections with Caia Park, to obtain 365 pearls of wisdom, which subsequently made the book.

The cost of the book, including the engagement of the author, the printing and design costs, equated to £5 per household in Caia Park, a small price to pay for so many years of community spirit on which it would be impossible to value in terms of money. Each household has received a free copy, delivered by hand by residents, who spent over a week packing and delivering, one resident took responsibility for delivering 1000 books. The book is a gift for residents, to read, keep or pass on to family, friends and future generations. As stated, it's a celebration of Caia Park, a record of Caia in 2009 and a monument to Caia people, Caia Park Communities First are proud to have been instrumental in helping to deliver this project. There have been many positive remarks from residents and professionals regarding the book who look forward to its official launch. Within the next few days a meeting will be organised between all local Councillors and the residents who were involved in pioneering this project to discuss any concerns put forward by local Councillors."

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

From the application form for the grant to the Welsh Arts Council.

Grants applied for:
Caia Park Community Council £4000
North Wales Police £1200
Doesn't look like these were succesfull bids.

Grants approved £9,800
C/F, WAG & Youth Forum

Support in kind (time & buildings)
WCBC £6,800

Grant from Welsh Arts Council
£16,520

Total cost therefore is around
£33,000
Attribute contents of this posting to the Welsh Arts Council.

Anonymous said...

I am more than confident that£33,000 could have been better spent. This is typical of Communities Cursed no process and hope for the best because of the lack of process the good people of Caia Park ended up not being presented in their best light once again. I am affraid that this was always the intention lets be fair if you can paint the blackest picture posible of an area it will bring in more funding to fill the pockets of these already well establised povity pimps.

I am more than confident that the three primery schools in Caia Park would have been better served by this funding but lets be fair education is not the agenda. If you want to keep the funding coming in then you don't educate people the might learn to get on without you if you do that.

A final note after 25 year of being one of the most deprived areas in the whole of Wales and millions, yes millions of pounds funding it is still one of the most deprived are in the whole of Wales. Does this not speak volumes about the current and on going situation in Caia Park? Wake up and smell the coffee please.