KIDWELLY COMMUNITY HUB officially opened on January 15, bringing support to those in need throughout the area.
Cymuned Craidd Cymru is the community hubs arm of Ynghyd Ltd, a social enterprise for inclusion. Ynghyd opened the first Hub in Kidwelly as they believe the community will benefit from third sector networking, finding support for people in need, helping people to be included in their communities and the provision of a focus for the community.
Following an anonymous donation, the Hub is to install broadband in the near future, allowing public access to online services and opportunities for local people to search for jobs, information and access help with finance and benefits. The Hub was opened by Nia Griffith MP when it hosted an event to provide details about projects, announcements about services and a public speech from Nia about the importance of the community led initiative.
She said: “This is a wonderful enterprise, where members of the community are helping each other and it’s more and more important for these services and facilities to be accessible to the community.”
The Community Hub which is situated in the Pelican Building, Bridge Street (the old library) in the town centre, is run by volunteers from 10am to midday opening times which are planned to increase in the future.
Cymuned Craidd Cymru are looking for volunteers who can meet a varied range of requirements most focussed around having patients and free time to help with the running of the Hub and its services: “We plan to offer a number of services and activities including counselling, job clubs, information and signposting, mutual support groups, older people’s groups, arts and crafts workshops, tourist information, community publishing, support for community groups and third sector organisations and more.”
The Hub organisers have taken to social media to thank the community and all involved: “Thanks to everyone who has been a part of this project and for the time, resources and hard work done and to be done.
“As well as the huge effort, time and good will of people in the community, we’ve had a sizeable anonymous donation, financial donations from Howard and Ethne Phillips and from Jeanette Gilasbey’s mayoral charity fund, photography from Simon Rice and furniture from several people. Computers on the way and we should have broadband installed soon. Thanks also to Stuart and Diane Thomas for an extended rent-free period at the Pelican and Nia Griffith MP for supporting the people of the Kidwelly area by coming to cut the ribbon and praise the community for what it has done.”
To find out about volunteering or about the specific services the Kidwelly Community Hub provides go to: http://www.kidwellyhub.com