Almost 40 staff from across Hafod helped to refurbish a youth centre in Tonypandy last week as part of ‘Give and Gain’, an employee volunteering scheme.
Originally established in 1929 as a Boys Club, the group has been a source of youth development in the local area throughout the past nine decades. Having moved to its current home in 1969, the remit of the club widened to a Boys and Girls Club during the mid-80’s.
After a short period of closure during the early millennium, the club was left in a state of disrepair with significant damage caused by flooding and break-ins. Despite this, the work of a small but dedicated committee and staff team working on a shoestring budget enabled the club to re-open in December 2014.
Since reopening, the club has aimed to provide an inclusive programme of activities for the community as a whole. The club provides a place for young people to spend time with their friends, engage in new activities and learn new things. Activities are wide-ranging and
include sport, art, music, cooking and issue based workshops as well as IT and technology, gardening, homework support and a range of off-site opportunities.
Wendy Lewis, one of our Project Officers leading the Give and Gain project this year explained: “Hafod is committed to improving and supporting the communities where we operate and this has definitely been the case over a very busy and productive two days for staff who have worked together to help to give the club a new lease of life for the benefit of the local community.”
Staff and contractors carried out improvement works both inside and outside the building including internal and external painting, a new kitchen, new flooring for the games room and cutting back the overgrowth in the external grounds, with the aim to help the club to increase participation of the younger members of the community by opening an additional night a week.
Jeff Cowlan, a Trustee of Llwynypia Boys and Girls Club, said: “We are thrilled to have been selected by Hafod to be their Give and Gain project this year. On behalf of the boys and girls club, we are extremely grateful to Hafod for everything that they’ve done. The fresh and bright new look is very inviting and will benefit the local community and the young people who attend the club so thank you very much.”
Hafod would like to say a huge thank you to our contractors who have generously donated materials and their time to support this year’s project. These include Holbrook Construction, Kingfisher Developments (Wales) Ltd, Rhondda Tiles, Ian Williams, M & J Cosgrove Constuction Ltd, Lektromec, Polyflor, Lovell, PBM (Property Building Maintenance) Wales Ltd, Countrywide Grounds Maintenance, KK Solutions, Hafod Property Services as well as Aberdare Schools Development and South Wales Community Mountain Rangers.