Award from the High Sheriff of Dyfed

Members of Penparcau Community Forum were delighted to receive an award from the High Sheriff of Dyfed in recognition of valuable and charitable contributions to local life and the community. The award celebrates voluntary activities and special commitment to enhance the lives of individuals and the wider community. The award was presented in the Conrah hotel outside Aberystwyth.

(Bryn Jones, Sam Lewis, Susan Balsom, Dylan Jones, Freya Walker)

WCVA Third Sector Awards Cymru 2015

Penparcau Community Forum is a community based organisation which actively engages its community to develop sustainable and inclusive activities and facilities for the benefit of all. Penparcau, the village, is primarily made up of a large housing estate on the outskirts of Aberystwyth which consists of approximately 1,200 households with over 3,200 residents including 800 children and young people. A recent survey indicates that 39.5% of those 800 young people live in poverty.When the area was no longer eligible for support from Communities First (the Welsh Government programme for tackling poverty) the residents formed Penparcau CommunityForum to promote and facilitate long-term sustainable community development and activities. The Forum aims to create a vibrant inclusive community where people can feel safe and proud to be living or working within the village, and to bring individuals, groups and organisations together to determine the long-term needs of Penparcau.

Local Heroes Awards – George Barratt. Sponsored by Cambrian Printers

Our very own George Barratt was nominated for the best “Contribution to the Community’ category and won it!George is one of Penparcau Community Forum’s Trustees and has worked tirelessly for the community of Penparcau since the Forum was established. It was fantastic to see him win this award and be recognised for all the work he does for the community.The Awards are run by Radio Ceredigion and was sponsored by Wilmot Dixon that year.


We hope that you are all keeping well and safe.  The team here at Penparcau Community Hub have been very busy supporting vulnerable and isolated members of the Community and  have now established Penparcau Action Team (PAT) so that we can work remotely and still keep services going as best we can. We thought we would give you an outline of what PAT will be doing

PAT is a coordinated Hub volunteer community group working in support of and in partnership with the Ystwyth Medical Group, Padarn Surgery and St Ann’s Church providing logistical, organised and controlled priority community support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Under the direction of Ystwyth Medical Group practice manager, we are now delivering a daily support service that targets the most medically vulnerable within the Penparcau community.  We also support St Ann’s church providing them with a much needed delivery service to distribute some food supplies.

A team is despatched daily from the Penparcau Community Hub in our minibus and we have established a morning, lunchtime and teatime delivery service. The main priority must be that of achieving a reliable support system for the community to help counter the Coronavirus pandemic.

Routine is essential, and for the success and sustainable control of PAT we must understand that we are not an emergency service, nor a home help or care group but will provide the vulnerable in the community with support for prescription collections and the occasional drop-and-go service.

During difficult and uncertain times, we can rely on the good within the community to respond and stand tall and support those most in need. PAT aims to provide that hand of support and we are now operating a 7-days a week service with 4 volunteers operating the morning shift and 4 volunteers operating the afternoon shift. The office is also open from 09:00 – 15:00 daily to receive phone calls only.  This should provide the community with a vital point of contact where they can receive information, support and direction from our informed Hub staff and volunteers.  Please ring 01970 611099 during those times.

In the meantime stay safe – keep washing those hands!

Karen Rees Roberts (Forum Manager)