Posted: Wed 10th Feb 2016

Celebrating new community asset /
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016

The official launch of Cardiff’s first community partnership hub will be celebrated this week with a Community Fun Day. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Rumney Partnership Hub was established at the end of 2015, bringing improved and extended citizen services to this part of the city. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The partnership hub provides library services, advice and benefit services, free access to public computers and telephones, children’s area, multi-use community room and interview room. It is also home to East Cardiff, Llanederyn and Pentwyn (ECLP) Communities First and partner organisations visit the hub regularly to provide specialist help and advice. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Special guests and members of the public will have a chance to look around the new hub, which has been developed in partnership with East Cardiff, Llanederyn and Pentwyn (ECLP) Communities First. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

There will be lots going on at the Community Fun Day event on Thursday, February 11 at 2pm with an animal activity area, community group stalls, arts and crafts, balloon modelling and a performance from Rumney Folk Club. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Local primary school Greenway Primary will also be at the community fun day. The school won a competition for local schools to name the partnership hub’s community room and the name will be revealed on the day. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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Cabinet Member for Community Development, Co-operatives and Social Enterprise, Cllr Peter Bradbury, said: “This fantastic asset for the Rumney community is our first partnership hub and we are pleased to be working closely with Communities First to deliver join up services for the people in this area. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We have had some great feedback from local people about the partnership hub so far and we are keen to spread the word further among the community about all the services on offer there, making is easier for people to get in touch and deal with us and our partners. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We’re grateful to ECLP Communities First and other community groups for their support in establishing the partnership hub.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Sheila Hendrickson-Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Third Sector Council, said: “Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) is delighted to be a partner in the new hub, demonstrating our commitment to delivering services in partnership, which we see as a natural progression for the ECLP project. Community members want to be able to easily access a range of services, and service providers want to help people to know what is out there for them. By co-locating at the partnership hub ECLP will help to meet both these needs.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The partnership hub was created by refurbishing and redecorating the former Rumney Youth Centre building on Llanstephan Road. The Council’s partners Ian Williams Limited carried out works to create a bright and welcoming atmosphere in the hub. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Sinead O’ Neill, Head of Client Services at Ian Williams, said: “We are looking forward to attending the official opening and seeing the fruits of the team’s labour. It is great to know that our work is making such a difference to the lives of people in Cardiff, especially when so many of our own workforce live and work in the city. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We have a long partnership with Cardiff City Council, having worked with the Council since we were established back in 1946, and we are now all set for working on the next hub later this year.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Thursday’s event will also provide visitors to the partnership hub with the opportunity to sign up to volunteer at the facility. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Bradbury said: “We are keen to work with members of the community to deliver services from the hub. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience to boost chances of employment or just to contribute something to your local community. We want to hear from people willing to give some of their time.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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