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New Service at the Ponty Muni Launched

Loved by all ages, the Muni in Pontypridd acts as a hub for
inter-generational activities and socialising. It's potential to do
even more, for our more mature residents is now being realised, and
through the work of a committee and the support of RCT Council, along
with sponsors – Edwards Holidays, Full Stop Law and Mooneerams
Solicitors, the Muni is now preparing to complete the first step
towards enhancing the service provided for the over 50s.

From Monday, 30th October, visitors to the Muni will be able to enjoy
new furniture in the cafe, an increased activity programme, special
events and, alongside the usual cafe menu, a choice of two meals of
the day (which includes one vegetarian option). For over 50s, the cost
will be £3.50 for the meal of the day, whilst under 50s will pay
£4.50.

New activities include new Balance and Stretch and Chair Exercise
classes, alongside the already popular Tai Chi and Ally’s Mature
Movers classes.

More work is due to take place in the coming weeks to extend the
provision further, with plans already underway for a further dedicated
activity space for the community.

Councillor Heledd Fychan Chair of the Group driving this initiative,
said: “I am very grateful to the Board of the Muni, RCT Council,
Members of the Fifty-plus Forum and, in particular, the Sponsors for
making this possible.

“Since the closure of the Day Centre, residents who are Fifty plus
have not had a dedicated space in Pontypridd to specifically cater for
their needs. Though the Muni remains a fantastic space for all ages,
this initative will now provide ample opportunity for our more mature
residents to get out of the house and socialise, either by attending a
special event, participating in an activity or enjoying a freshly made
meal in a comfortable environment.”

Victoria Cannon, Managing Director of Full Stop Law said: “We are
committed to providing an age friendly Wales. After receiving a reward
of recognition from Age Cymru earlier this year, we approached the
Muni to see what could be done to provide an over 50s service in
Pontypridd, following the withdrawal of the day centre. Our ideas were
welcome, and I am delighted to see these plans come together so that a
service is now available to residents in Pontypridd”.

Jason Edwards, FCILT, Managing Director of Edwards Holidays, says
‘Edwards Holidays has been based in South Wales for over 90 years and
we pride ourselves on our continual work within the community. We are
delighted to be a sponsor of this initiative. The Muni Arts Centre is
such a fabulous facility in the heart of Pontypridd and we are looking
forward to the array of wonderful opportunities for collaboration and
mutual support over the coming months and years.  It is another
exciting community partnership for us and we are proud to be part of
it.”

Alistair Worth, Managing Director of Mooneerams Solicitors, commented:
“When Victoria from Full Stop Law approached us to discuss sponsoring
an over 50s service in the Muni, we were only too happy to get
involved. As a local law firm, we look forward to helping to get the
idea off the ground, and then supporting its development and growth
for many years to come.”

Wendy York, Chair of the Muni Arts Centre welcomes the initiative. “We
wish to thank Councillor Fychan for her dedication and commitment to
working with the staff at the Muni to welcome more of our community to
this unique venue. All of us at the Muni are keen to build on these
initial ideas and work with the committee to grow our programme into