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Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s new Community Hub, Canolfan Pennar, in Mountain Ash, has been a huge success since opening its doors just over a month ago. 

Canolfan Pennar, based on the site of the former Mountain Ash Day Centre, offers local residents improved access to a range of Council services, as well as being home to the relocated Mountain Ash Library. 

Since opening in early June 2019, Canolfan Pennar has seen over 13,000 visitors, with over 7,500 of these to the new library located within the hub! In contrast, throughout June 2018 there were under 700 visits to the former Mountain Ash Day Centre, and under 4,000 visits to the former Mountain Ash Library. 

Facilities in Canolfan Pennar include a library that incorporates a children’s area, along with flexible community rooms for public use, which are free of charge to community groups and non-profit organisations.

Also available are employment support services and a One4aLL advice service, which now has extended hours, as well as 13 public access computers, with free Wi-Fi available throughout the building. 

Canolfan Pennar is also home to The Little Rose Cafe, which has been a staple choice for many locals in Mountain Ash for a number of years. Situating the Cafe in the Community Hub has allowed it to move into a bigger, more modern premises, and offers a two-course hot dinner between 12pm-2pm for £4, Monday to Friday. 

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said “The figures really speak for themselves, Canolfan Pennar is already a huge success, with thousands of people visiting and taking advantage of what is on offer. 

“Bringing a range of services and facilities under one roof, in a central location encourages residents to engage with the opportunities provided within Canolfan Pennar, and access the things that matter to them. 

“It’s extremely encouraging to see how positively residents are reacting to the community hub, and it highlights that its development was key to improving access to Council services and facilities. 

“The Council has committed to an investment programme to develop Community Hubs across the whole of RCT, ensuring that we are able to continue providing key frontline services through targeted investment, and improve services provided to residents.” 

The Council, along with The Fern Partnership, has this month (July) also opened a second community hub in Ferndale,. The ‘Hwb’ will provide access to community and childcare services, as well as enhanced access to a range of services, to residents in Rhondda Fach. 

Facilities at the ‘Hwb’ include childcare services, a new and significantly improved library, IT suite, Employment Support Services, and will also shortly include a sensory room and outside garden area, both of which will be accessible for people with disabilities.

Posted on Monday 15th July 2019

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