A fast-growing Conwy community project is appealing to the North Wales business community for sponsorship as it looks for new premises.
TVConwy, which trains volunteers to create films of events in the county, has grown in popularity over the three years since its launch. It’s recent video, of a fire on the Sychnant Pass achieved more than 71,000 views on Facebook.
Founder Debbie Braden explained: “We have a number of sponsors including leading companies like Williams Denton accountants, Cartrefi Conwy and Quinton Hazell Enterprise Parc, and their support is crucial.
“In the last six months our work has grown as more people hear about us and we are really in need of a base where people can easily find us.”
TVConwy has no paid staff and relies on sponsorship, grants and goodwill to keep operating.
It has seen former volunteers move on to the well-regarded media and digital media specialist college Ravensbourne in London as well as a number of universities.
Debbie, whose media career has spanned three continents, set up the community interest company to pass on her skills and recognise the variety of events and activities taking place in her home county.
“This part of North Wales is an incredibly vibrant place to be and we want to recognise that,” she said. “Just recently we interviewed explorer Ash Dykes, filmed the historic Flying Scotsman and of course tourist events like the Conwy Pirate weekend.”
Adam Owens of accountancy firm Williams Denton said that TVConwy was performing an important role in helping aspiring filmmakers.
“The commitment of Debbie and her team to encouraging people of all ages to create films about the county is inspiring,” Janet said.
“The experience that volunteers are getting at TVConwy has helped open doors on new careers for young people in a highly competitive area, as well as sharing community stories. We think that is worth supporting.”
Along with it’s work championing younger people, TVConwy has achieved lottery funding to run ‘Through Older Eyes’ courses across the county and expand its volunteer base to reach a wider section of the community.