‘Community centres across West Wales play a crucial role in supporting the most vulnerable members of our society’

Community centres across West Wales play a pivotal role in supporting the most vulnerable members of our society, Minister for Social Justice has declared at the opening of a community centre that benefitted from Welsh Government funding.

Funding from the Community Facilities Programme has helped community centres – as well as a range of other facilities – to make improvements, repairs and redevelopments across Wales.

Each year projects can apply for larger grants up to £300,000 to cover the cost of upgrades to their community facilities, as well as small grants up to £25,000.

In the financial year 2021/22, 71 projects across Wales were awarded grants totalling nearly £7.7m.

The CFP funds the purchase and improvement of facilities which provide opportunities for local people to improve their day to day lives.

Projects that have benefitted in West Wales include Haverhub in Pembrokeshire being awarded £250,000 for internal and external redevelopment of a former Post Office; Llanelli Goods Shed in Carmarthenshire being awarded £25,000 to create a community café and heritage interpretation area; and the Welsh Islamic Cultural Association in Swansea being awarded £300,000 to renovate a recently purchased building by creating new classrooms.

Earlier today (April 21) the Minister for Social Justice visited the official opening of Llanrumney Hall Community Trust’s Roundhouse Health & Wellbeing Centre.

The Trust received a grant of £250,000 in 2012/22 to purchase and install the community centre, which they refer to as the Roundhouse, that is now benefitting a wide range of people.

The project has helped people become more physically active, tackled loneliness and increased volunteering opportunities.

The Trust works with a variety of groups benefitting the local community, including a knitting club, gardening clubs, more than 50 classes and return to fitness programmes.

Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt said: “I am so pleased that the Community Facilities Programme has been able to help deliver Llanrumney Hall Community Trust’s vision for the future and know it will make a massive difference supporting the health & wellbeing of the local community.

“We understand that spaces like this are vital to the local community, providing somewhere that clubs can meet, health and fitness programmes can run from and classes people can learn from.

“Community centres play a pivotal role in supporting the most vulnerable members of our society and we are committed to supporting them, through the likes of our Community Facilities Programme, so they can continue providing a vital service to communities across Wales.”

Gitti Coats, project director at Haverhub Community Interest Company in Pembrokeshire, said: “We spent a lot of the money on getting a full fit out of the kitchen so it could be used commercially, so we could get professional chefs and caterers to use it. Thanks to this we are able to run a community café six days a week and a pop-up barista too. It has become a welcoming space for people of all ages to meet.”

She added: “We also spent money on AV equipment, so local musicians can come on stage and we have an open mic night once a week. We have around 60-80 people coming on a wet Wednesday night and it provides a safe space and environment for young people to come to.”

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