APT Project

APT Project

Aberystwyth Arts Centre is joining forces with Penparcau Community Forum for a year-long project called ‘APT: Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Penparcau Forum Together’ which will see a ‘hand over’ of the Arts Centre to Penparcau residents for a week’s worth of events and activities in June 2018.

The APT project, which has been made possible thanks to funding from the Cynnal y Cardi fund managed by Ceredigion County Council, aims to develop a ‘Penparcau Partnership’ whereby members of Penparcau Forum groups and other Penparcau residents will come together to help to programme, organise, manage and run the venue for a week, with the support of the Arts Centre team.

Speaking on behalf of Penparcau Forum, Forum Co-ordinator Bryn Jones said:

‘We’re looking forward to working with the Arts Centre on this exciting new project.  With our new building opening in September  it’s an exciting time for Penparcau Forum and being able to offer lots of workshops and activities for all our local residents is fantastic. There’s so much interest in the project already, with lots of ideas coming up for events we can run in the Arts Centre – from live music events to workshops for young families’. 

Over the life of the project experienced Arts Centre staff will help train residents from Penparcau in a wide range of skills including technical, event management, front-of-house, and marketing for the creative arts.  At the end of the training project period in June 2018 the Arts Centre will then be ‘shared’ with Penparcau Forum, who will then help to run it for the events they’ve been planning and put their newly gained skills into action in a live, professional arts environment.

Alongside informal training workshops and mentoring across all aspects of event management, technical, front of house, marketing and programming, participants will also be able to visit other arts organisations in Wales and further afield to see how other venues work and to meet the teams there and see productions in action.  Young people participating in the project will also have the opportunity to gain Arts Award accreditation which could then help lead on to further study if they wished.   Training and workshop sessions will take place in various locations around the town – including, the Arts Centre, Penparcau Forum’s new Community Centre, and in the University’s Old College.

The project is available to all groups and residents of Penparcau, whatever age or experience. If you would like to get involved please get in touch with either Penparcau Forum on 01970 611 099 / contact@penparcau.cymru  or Aberystwyth Arts Centre amj@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622888.

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.


Please see below newsletters from the APT Project:

Newsletter 1 – APT Project 1st Newsletter – Cylchlythyr 1af

Our sponsors include:-

  • The Welsh Government
  • Cynnal y Cardi
  • Ceredigion County Council


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)