What a twelve months it’s been for Penparcau Community Forum!

The state of euphoria we experienced after receiving major Welsh Government funding quickly turned into a year of highs and lows through building our new community Hub.  But – we got there!!!

As a small community-based charity, we’re very proud to have delivered such a wonderful facility for the people of Penparcau.  What an achievement.

We offer many thanks to our funders, architects (Catalina Architecture), builders (HD Construction), the trustees, staff, volunteers and elected representatives who helped turn our vision into reality……diolch yn fawr iawn!

Got to keep your hand in!

Rhydian the apprentice.

The journey all started with funding from the Peoples Health Trust that enabled us to have ‘local conversations’ with several groups within Penparcau.

Those ‘local conversations’ highlighted the need for new, accessible and modern facilities for all.

We’ve come a long way since then and by building social capital with our trustees, volunteers and residents we are creating a truly resilient community.  We always believed that it was but by delivering the Hub they now have a focal point from which great opportunities can arise.

 


Food Hygiene Courses

We’ve already seen a huge increase in people seeking volunteering opportunities with the Forum and especially within the community cafe.  We’ve also seen a marked increase in partnership working with individuals and institutions charged with working in Penparcau, all of which bodes well for the future of the Forum in particular and Penparcau in general.

Dot Griffiths (Volunteer) switching on the Christmas lights.

Nadolig Llawen pawb!

Finally, a big thank you to Alun Davies AM, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Local Government & Public Services for doing the honours on the day.

Bryn Jones

Penparcau Forum Co-ordinator

Hello,

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)