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Join Family Fun Day and have a Voice in Your Valley

Residents and workers in Maerdy, Ferndale, Tylorstown and the surrounding areas are being invited to a fun, free school holiday event that allows them to have their say and get involved in shaping  the future of the communities. 

A warm welcome awaits at Rhondda Fach Sports Centre for those who want to drop in, share their views and make connections with the stakeholders and statutory agencies that are working to improve the quality of life in the area.

There will also be a bouncy castle, hog roast, arts and crafts, music, play and outdoor fun being offered at the event, called Have A Voice In The Valleys on Thursday, July 23.

Rhondda Fach has been chosen as a pilot area to trial a new way of partnership working with communities, allowing residents and agencies to come together and focus on the positives in the area – people, skills, land, buildings and networks – to prioritise andcreate a draft action plan together for the future.

Cllr Keiron Montague, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Tackling Poverty, Engagement and Housing, said: “This is an important chance for those who live or work in the Rhondda Fach area to get involved in an exciting pilot scheme aimed at improving the quality of life in the area.

“Whether you share your views with your work colleagues or with your friends in the pub, we know most people have an opinion on what is on offer in their local area and how it could be improved or delivered more effectively.

“We want to hear those views and look for ways to do things differently together, which is why partner agencies have organised a school holiday fun day that allows people to come down and enjoy fun for the family, as well as the excellent facilities at Rhondda Fach Sports Centre, while also getting involved and sharing their ideas.

“There are already a series of successful enterprises in Rhondda Cynon Taf which have come about as a result of statutory agencies changing the way they work with communities and we want to continue this, to secure a better future while also creating employment and skills opportunities.”

The event has been organised by the Local Service Board, which coordinates and drives the shared efforts of statutory and partnership agencies including Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Cwm Taf University Health Board, South Wales Police, Natural Resources Wales and Interlink.

 

The Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act puts in place measures to harness that partnership effort and introduce new ways of working with communities, so that clear priorities for an area can be put in place, involving the community and statutory agencies.

The engagement aims to focus on the positives, looking at what an area has, rather than what it has not, considering people, networks, building, land, networks and resources that can be built upon, shared and coordinated better.

 The event is open from 10am to 6.30pm and all are welcome to drop in, share their views and enjoy the fun.