Cen­tre handed over to char­ity

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - AN­THONY LEWIS news­[email protected]­line.co.uk

THE run­ning of a Bryn­cynon Com­mu­nity Cen­tre has been handed over by the coun­cil to a char­ity to pro­vide com­mu­nity ser­vices for chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

THE run­ning of a Rhondda Cynon Taf com­mu­nity cen­tre has of­fi­cially been handed over by the coun­cil to a char­ity to pro­vide com­mu­nity ser­vices for chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

A com­mu­nity as­set trans­fer has handed con­trol of Bryn­cynon Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Aber­cynon to Bryn­cynon Com­mu­nity Re­vival Strat­egy Lim­ited on a 25year lease to run break­fast clubs, af­ter-school clubs, lunch clubs, par­ent and tod­dler ac­tiv­i­ties, and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties among other things.

The group will now be fully re­spon­si­ble for man­age­ment, re­pair, main­te­nance and na­tional non­do­mes­tic rates.

The build­ing has not been used since 2016 and has been tar­geted by van­dal­ism, but the coun­cil took back own­er­ship of it in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

The as­set trans­fer will al­low the char­ity to get fund­ing to de­velop and re­fur­bish the build­ing and de­liver com­mu­nity en­gage­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

A com­mu­nity cen­tre ac­tion group has also been set up to judge how to best use and pro­mote the fa­cil­ity.

The trans­fer is part of the coun­cil’s RCT To­gether ap­proach to­wards com­mu­nity as­set trans­fers which was agreed in Oc­to­ber 2014.

Set up in 1996, Bryn­cynon Com­mu­nity Re­vival Strat­egy aims to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial wel­fare op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove the qual­ity of life for res­i­dents of Bryn­cynon, which in­cludes Tyne­town, Ynys­boeth, Nant y Fedw, Maes y Ffynon and Pon­ty­cynon.

It pro­vides a range of ser­vices in­clud­ing their Grow­ing To­gether Cen­tre in Avon­dale Street and a range of com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties at their flag­ship build­ing The Feel Good Fac­tory, which houses Taffy’s Cafe.

A coun­cil re­port says the char­ity is aware of the chal­lenges of de­pri­va­tion in the area, which im­pact neg­a­tively on peo­ple’s in­come, health, em­ploy­ment and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties.

It adds that the com­mu­nity cen­tre was pre­vi­ously a well-used com­mu­nity re­source and there is now strong sup­port for the re­open­ing of the fa­cil­ity.

The ac­tiv­i­ties they are likely to run at the cen­tre in­clude:

■ Ac­tiv­i­ties that sup­port young peo­ple such as break­fast clubs, af­ter­school clubs, par­ent and tod­dler ac­tiv­i­ties and youth ac­tiv­i­ties;

■ Pre- and post­na­tal sup­port in part­ner­ship with Cwm Taf Health Board;

■ Fam­ily learn­ing and sup­port ac­tiv­i­ties;

■ Play schemes;

■ Lunch clubs for the el­derly;

■ Com­mu­nity-led ac­tiv­i­ties (pri­vate hire by lo­cal groups);

■ Ad­vice ser­vices in­clud­ing debt ad­vice and uni­ver­sal credit;

■ Youth ca­reer guid­ance and men­tor­ing.

Bryn­cynon Com­mu­nity Cen­tre In Aber­cynon

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