Below are the expressions of interest submitted in January 2016

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Asset or ServiceProposals Received to DateClosing Date
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Tonyrefail Four Season Activity Centre

Four Seasons is available for consideration as a Community Asset and Service Transfer and will include the transfer of staff pursuant to TUPE regulations

 

A group are proposing an asset and service transfer on Tonyrefail Four Seasons Activity centre to ensure that the service can continue to be delivered to families in Tonyrefail and the wider community.

 

The group have years of experience of working within communities and delivering childcare services.  In order to sustain the service they feel it would be in the best interest of the community by increasing registration, by refurbishment of the building which would ultimately enhance the provision being provided.

 

Extending the provision to provide a wraparound care, with a flexible service to working parents and parents/carers who require the service to attend training/education. Developing a comprehensive volunteer programme for local community citizens in partnership with voluntary organisations based in Tonyrefail, up-skilling and training individuals to work alongside experienced practitioners and training providers to make them more employable and giving them experience of working with childcare.

 

The walking bus service is an integral part of the provision and would continue and with increased registered places would enhance the provision and provide sustainability of service.

 

We aim to work in partnership with the local schools providing childcare for parents during inset days and also working with them to develop a homework club for children to access who are in our care.

 

Four Seasons has the potential to become a centre of excellence working with schools, third sector provision, local authority and other childcare providers. We aim to deliver specialised childcare training in partnership with Play Wales, YMCA College Wales whereby a comprehensive programme can be delivered to the community and private sectors to increase revenue.

27th January, 2016

Unutilised space within Tylorstown Leisure Centre       

A community group  would like to use the space as a professionally run safe place where we can engage with marginalised people, be they young or elderly through the use of the Theatre Arts.

 

We would want to engage volunteers in running the space.

 

We see it as an imagination space for individuals and the community 

 

1      ‘The Imagination Space’

 To create a new place where community engagement through the Arts can take place Through partnership working we will enable people to become more resilient by exploring common concerns such as the environmental, social, economic, and cultural aspects of our lives and how these can be improved. The intention is to enable people not only to cope with change but to engineer it and take control over how delivery of local services affects them.

2   A performance space for professional and Community activity through theater arts

PRIORITY 1 - Supporting Schools to tackle early school leaving (ESL) and disadvantaged as well as to address all students from the lowest to the highest end of academic spectrum 

PRIORITY 2 - Enhancing the Quality of early childhood education and care (ECEC)

 

PRIORITY 3 - Reducing disparities in learning outcomes affecting disadvantaged learners

 

3.  A new form of YOUTH Theatre that is really inclusive 

 

4. A space to learn, train build skills and gain confidence to enter the job market or education  

 

5.  A meetings space; Such groups as The Community Voice Youth Forum , perhaps a new space that was welcoming to young GBLT people , young people with mental health concerns a space that is welcoming to all 

2nd January, 2016

Community Building in the Porth Area

The aim of the proposal is to promote wellbeing through developing a Wellbeing Centre to act as a community hub to include therapeutic interventions, the arts, social activities and enterprise.

The proposal supports the focus on developing inclusive services for the local community to build confidence, support social interaction, improve wellbeing and tackle loneliness and isolation for adults and older people.

 

The Wellbeing Center will provide social activities, adult learning, classes, workshops, training and trading to promote confidence building, volunteering and local jobs. The Wellbeing Centre will create a social space for the whole community, offering a welcoming environment for people to come together, learn and connect together and improve people’s sense of wellbeing.

We work closely with local people and organisations to ensure the building will have a sense of ownership and be involved in the development of services and management of the facility. 

2nd January, 2016

Land at Maerdy Colliery Site

Proposal to develop UK's largest planetarium to be known as the National Planetarium of Wales - Castell Nos at a site located in the Rhondda Fach on the former Maerdy Colliery Site.

 

The planetarium will be a brand new visitor attraction for the area, capable of seating over 350 people.  The facility will become the largest in the UK and one of the largest in the world. Furthermore, the facility will host its own observatory allowing live images to be broadcast directly to the planetarium. It will house a purpose built suite of teaching rooms dedicated to the advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. It will aim to become a centre for excellence in the teaching of STEM subjects whilst offering the public the opportunity to experience STEM in action.

 

The location of the planetarium will boost the local and national economy through the regeneration of a former colliery site into a world leading tourist attraction. The development will transform the now derelict Maerdy colliery site and introduce 64 skilled jobs to one of Europe’s most deprived areas.

2nd January, 2016

Community Building in the Cynon Valley

Would like to explore the potential of using a community building in the Cynon Valley as our operating base for core services and to develop our social enterprise activities such as nail-cutting, healthy living and a dementia friendly community café.

We believe that a community building in the Cynon Valley offers us an opportunity to involve new partners in the sustainable delivery of our aims and objectives. We believe we could offer work based training, learning, development and employment opportunities to people of all ages and abilities via our social enterprise activities and volunteering programme. We believe that by working with local schools, colleges and like-minded organisations we can transform a suitable community building into a thriving hub that promotes intergenerational learning and opportunity for all.

2nd January, 2016

An area of land adjacent to the former Maerdy Colliery Site

Would like to involve the community in the development of an area that has remained barren over the last 30 years, or so.  we would love to convert a specific area into a venue whereby we would put on live music, outdoor and educational visits, open air cinema, arts and craft workshops, boot sales, fetes, seasonal events, etc. We will try to deliver an idea that has the potential to flourish long into the future; a low maintenance area with full disabled access and plenty of appeal.  Also, we wish to interpret the environment with environmental art, signage and walking maps (guided walks). We are open to proposals from all bodies, especially health related and crime prevention activities. Finally we seek to work flexibly with other businesses in this area to create a site of excellence in social and environmental integration with the business community.

 

We believe that something new is definitely needed within our community. To have the opportunity to landscape the surrounding area, reopen green spaces and footpaths, add polytunnels, plant and replant saplings with a multitude of broadleaf trees, create a refreshments area, tempt tourists and visitors, maintain rivers and heritage, and basically open up the area to everybody.

2nd January, 2016

Treherbert paddling Pool

To take over the management of the paddling pool in Treherbert Park and to utilise the land for community purposes when the pool is closed.

 

It will bring a valuable resource back into use. It will offer volunteering opportunities and provide a focal point for the community. As a group we expect that opening the pool will reduce anti social behaviour and support community cohesion.

2nd January, 2016

Pavilion at Darran Park, Ferndale

To develop one of the underused buildings in the local park, (Darran Park) and maximise community usage.  There are several options we would like to explore to increase the use, including a small cafe/refreshment area during the summer months, and a child care provision during school time. 

Part of this proposal would be to ensure that any existing groups that currently use the pavilion, would be able to continue to do so.

 

  • As outlined in the new SSWB Act, there is an emphasis on communities delivering their own services and if the pavilion was an available space,  our group would attempt to make a community hub to build a stronger community.
  • The surroundings of the park, would provide the perfect environment for health and well being groups, and could link with Community first plans in terms of Healthy Communities.

2nd January, 2016

Tonyrefail Four Season Activity Centre

Four Seasons is available for consideration as a Community Asset and Service Transfer and will include the transfer of staff pursuant to TUPE regulations

 

A group are proposing an asset and service transfer on Tonyrefail Four Seasons Activity centre to ensure that the service can continue to be delivered to families in Tonyrefail and the wider community.

 

The group have years of experience of working within communities and delivering childcare services.  In order to sustain the service they feel it would be in the best interest of the community by increasing registration, by refurbishment of the building which would ultimately enhance the provision being provided.

 

Extending the provision to provide a wraparound care, with a flexible service to working parents and parents/carers who require the service to attend training/education. Developing a comprehensive volunteer programme for local community citizens in partnership with voluntary organisations based in Tonyrefail, up-skilling and training individuals to work alongside experienced practitioners and training providers to make them more employable and giving them experience of working with childcare.

 

The walking bus service is an integral part of the provision and would continue and with increased registered places would enhance the provision and provide sustainability of service.

 

We aim to work in partnership with the local schools providing childcare for parents during inset days and also working with them to develop a homework club for children to access who are in our care.

 

Four Seasons has the potential to become a centre of excellence working with schools, third sector provision, local authority and other childcare providers. We aim to deliver specialised childcare training in partnership with Play Wales, YMCA College Wales whereby a comprehensive programme can be delivered to the community and private sectors to increase revenue.

27th January, 2016

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