Background and Introduction

The Fern Partnership is an award winning organisation set up initially in 2008 under the name of ‘The Friends of Ferndale’ which essentially was a Parent Staff Association.   It’s founder and current Director of Business, Michelle Coburn-Hughes has developed the Charity, Business and Social Enterprise model further which lead to the stand alone charity becoming a company limited by guarantee with charitable status.

The Trust has made significant progress as an organisation since 2014 and has been delivering a variety of projects at school and community level within the upper Rhondda Fach in the main however more recently the Rhondda Fawr and further afield.    The Fern Partnership aim to increase educational achievement and support community development as a matter of course.

The ‘Fern Partnership’ work alongside Ferndale Community School and together set up the objectives and ethos of the organisation:

  • To advance the education of the pupils  by raising funds for items and activities over and above these which the LEA provide.
  • In partnership with community organisations and businesses, assist in developing the lives and wellbeing of the community.

We are extremely optimistic our business model will be sustainable for the years ahead and are passionate about partnership building.  We are working collaboratively to minimise duplication of services and aim to provide communities with quality, purposeful opportunities that will ultimately tackle poverty.

We are currently investigating the options available to us an are seeking to establish a sustainable  Social Enterprise which will help us fund our charitable aims without being solely dependent on grant funding.

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The Board of Directors


FuZe - an exciting addition to The Fern Partnership portfolio

Social Enterprise FuZe opened in Spring 2017

  • We would like to take this opportunity to inform you of our new business venture that launched in Spring of 2017. We purchased an existing successful business, Rumble in the Jungle based in the Clydach in the Rhondda and will be developing the business further by investing significant funding into refurbishment. In addition to this we will be consulting with the community over a period of time in order to offer additional services to link into our organisational 'Generations Together' approach. The services will include facilities for playing, learning, training, volunteering, work experience and venue hire.</p> <p>'Fuze' is a Social Enterprise set up and run by The Fern Partnership who are extremely excited about this opportunity to diversify in line with its charitable aims and increase sustainability.</p> <p>Our award winning organisation currently employs over 35 members of contracted staff in addition to a number of casual and have a number of community services within our ever expanding portfolio. In 2018-19 we estimate to increase our service delivery and double our staffing numbers and look forward to sharing our journey.
  • We will consult with the community at the earliest opportunity to ensure the services available suit the need of families and children of all ages.

European Regional Development Fund

The project has been supported by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government.

European Regional Development Fund