New Community Hub opens in Gibbonsdown
Published 24 July 2015
The Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths AM, opened the newly converted Community Hub in Gibbonsdown, Barry on Tuesday 21 July.
The former housing office has been completely refurbished to provide support to the community in the area following feedback from the local community that identified the need to provide a range of activities in the area to support the local community.
And while its working title for the time being is Aberaeron House, the building will be officially named by the local residents during a fun day, which will be held in October this year.
The hub will provide facilities for youth provision, such as a homework club, parent support facilities, including healthy eating classes, and coffee mornings and computer access for senior residents.
During her speech at the opening of the building Cllr Bronwen Brooks, Cabinet Member for Housing, Building Maintenance, and Community Safety, said: “The opening of this building today not only marks the achievements partnership working can deliver, it also marks the beginning of a journey for the people of this area and a positive step in the delivery of Welsh Governments objectives.”
The project also provides a key strategic focus for improving fuel efficiency in the area to both public and private sector homes. The hub has been equipped with energy efficiency improvements, which will not only reduce running costs for the building, but also aide demonstrations to the local community of the benefits of investing in energy-saving measures.
A greater focus is being placed on maximising fuel efficiency and reducing energy costs for the families in the Gibbonsdown area. The Council has already recruited an Energy Advisor to work with residents, and the results of a bid for grant funding to improve the insulation to both Council and privately owned property is being awaited.
In addition to the energy and fuel efficiency work this building supports, community engagement projects are also being provided at this venue through charitable partner All Youth Matters. Working in partnership, the Council and other organisations will be in a prime location to support the community. The support offered at this location will include surgeries by local police, Vale of Glamorgan Housing Repairs, and financial advisors, with potential to engage others to meet the changing demands of the community.
The works to the building were funded through the Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty fund.