Archive | July 2012

Hundreds turn up to tenant fun day

Nearly five hundred tenants attended the sixth annual United Welsh tenant fun day tookplace at St Cenydd Leisure Centre in Caerphilly. 


Dozens of activities including soccer skills with Game on Wales, a petting zoo, a football competition,  belly dancing and hula-hooping classes, climbing wall, powershot football competition, barbeque, face painting, arts and crafts, ‘Big Brother Diary room’, and X-Box competitions took place in and around  the leisure centre.


The day is a chance for tenants and residents to get together to discuss and celebrate their communities, learn about United Welsh projects, find out about volunteering and community group opportunities and spend time with their families and neighbours. It is also an opportunity for partners and other stakeholders to get involved ; Gofal, Westwards, SMK and Willis all taking part in a football tournament and Rural Regeneration unit explaining the benefits of food cooperatives.


In the historic year of the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 staff of the organisation delivered a fun day which focused on sharing good work going on in its neighbourhoods and communities run by the community and how United Welsh can support such work.


Feedback on neighbourhoods and communities taken in the ‘Big Brother Diary room’ and collected in handprints all around the sports hall will help guide the organisations key projects such as the Estate Improvement Project.



The day was a huge success planning for 2013 has already commenced! 


The time is fast approaching to annual tenant fun day on July 14th at St Cenydd leisure Centre in Caerphilly.  There will be free football skills for the kids, BBQ lunch, climbing wall, dance classes bingo and even a petting zoo!  The day runs from 11-3pm.

Watch this space….

Hanbury Chapel – Project of the year!

Hanbury Chapel the most recent addition to the Bargoed regeneration project has received the highest accolade from Constructing Excellence in Wales being named its Project of the Year 2012.

Hanbury Chapel is the result of a successful collaboration which not only saved an iconic town landmark built in 1906 but which also delivered a new community facility.  A visionary partnership forged by United Welsh, Caerphilly County Borough Council, and the Welsh Government’s Heads of the Valleys regeneration initiative, offered a new lease of life for this fantastic old building.   Working with Carter Lauren, Pentan Partners and the Chapel congregation, with the support of CADW, the innovative partnership delivered a breath taking building which captures the old and new.

The renovated Chapel building comprises of a library, family history resource centre, teenage area, social enterprise café and place of worship.  This new facility has become a ‘learning hub’ for the whole community to utilise throughout the week.

With over 17,000 visitors in its first month, Bargoed Library has also seen a massive 46% increase in book borrowing between October 2011 and March 2012. The renovation of Hanbury Chapel has contributed significantly to improving the perception of the town centre and will continue to significantly improve access to education and learning opportunities.

The announcement was made on June 29th at a ceremony with over 400 industry professionals in Swalec Stadium Cardiff.  Hanbury Chapel will now go through to the National Constructing Excellence Awards taking place in London in November.