HUTS is a small, independent charity in Adpar/Newcastle Emlyn which was set up to help people with mental health problems and learning disabilities. It serves members from Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire who paint, knit, sew, embroider, cook, use the woodwork room and learn all sorts of other crafts.
I had the pleasure of helping there as a volunteer for nearly a year, and we ended every session with a singsong in Welsh. HUTS is a safe and happy place, and I hope to be able to go back when work allows.
HUTS does get some modest funding from some of the local authorities, and it occupies a beautiful old building by the river which was restored and transformed with Lottery money. It also raises what it can locally, and there is a network of local supporters and volunteers.
Despite that, the charity's future is far from secure.
HUTS is currently a contender for a community funding grant of up to £3,000 from Lloyds Bank, and it hopes to use the money to buy screen printing and lino block equipment.
All you have to do is vote for HUTS by entering your name and e-mail address on the bank's community funding website here.
Diolch yn fawr! Thank you.