We set up Braich Goch as a CIC in 2017, and as of March 2020 we are delighted to announce that we have converted to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, called The Anne Matthews Trust (reg. Charity number 1188579).
We Are a collective of individuals from diverse backgrounds working towards social justice. We aim to benefit individuals, community based groups and organisations that are seeking to find ways to work together to combat the sources and effects of inequality, discrimination and oppression. We are especially committed to working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, and supporting them to develop networks, access opportunities, and equip them with new skills and knowledge to tackle the injustices they face.
We are based at Braich Goch Inn and Bunkhouse, a 450 year old building in the village of Corris, on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park near Machynlleth, Mid Wales. Surrounded by woodland, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and close to a beautiful coastline, the building is suitable for gatherings, residencies, performances and meetings.
We are developing Braich Goch as a community hub where people from the local rural community, and the refugee and migrant groups we bring into Braich Goch from towns and cities across Wales and the rest of the UK, can meet, share cultures, build relationships and foster understanding between communities.
We have all worked with diverse communities over the years, and have found residential experiences provide an ideal way for people to come together, build and deepen relationships, plan their work - cooking and eating and breathing the rural air together can often be the cement for bringing us together to work for change. We plan to make Braich Goch a 'home from home.'