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Lee Gardens Volunteers

(Mid Glamorgan)

The project is to open Lee Gardens Paddling Pool for the benefit of children and their families. Elderly and lonely people also benefit as the project encourages people to volunteer or just call in for a chat and a cuppa. It is a real community project with volunteers from under 7 years to over 75 years who have ownership of the project.

Our goals:

  • To open Lee Gardens Pool to the public in August 2018 for children, families, elderly and lonely people to enjoy. This will reduce isolation and encourage community cohesion in an area where poverty is prevalent and families can't afford holidays.
  • Strengthen community cohesion by encouraging people to volunteer at the pool. This will have visible health benefits to volunteers. A survey undertaken on-site regarding the wellbeing of volunteers will provide evidence of feelings of belonging etc.
  • Encourage tourism to the area and stimulate trade in the local economy. An Equality Monitoring Survey will be carried out to provide data on visitors to the pool. Local businesses have agreed to provide data regarding their profits during opening.
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How we will achieve our goals

A Community Award would mean we could purchase the required lifeguards and water (which up-to-now has been donated) leaving our group free to raise money to purchase other necessary items such as insurance and electricity costs. The paint will provide the resources to enable our volunteers to maintain the pool to an acceptable high standard.

Where the money will go

Penrhiwceiber is a former mining village. Unemployment is higher than the average for England and Wales. Opening the pool brings people of all ages and cultures together. Families who can’t afford holidays spend their days at the pool where the children are occupied and happy. Visitors stimulate trade through spending in the village shops.

Latest updates

Time is almost up!

6 September 2017

Just in case we can no longer post once the deadline is reached Lee Gardens Volunteers want to thank…

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Drumming up votes!

6 September 2017

Thank you to all the shoppers at Tesco and Asda who voted for us and took an interest in our display…

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  1. Posted on August 9, 2017

    Amazing project. The volunteers have worked so hard to get the community together, working on creating a lovely environment for everyone to enjoy.

  2. Posted on August 9, 2017

    GOOD LUCK. [email protected]

  3. Posted on August 9, 2017

    Keep up the good work all and may you win your dream amount for the Pool

  4. Posted on August 9, 2017

    looking amazing well done for all there hard work to keep this pool open.

  5. Posted on August 9, 2017

    These volunteers have done amazing things with this pool keep up the good work and good luck ***

  6. Posted on August 9, 2017

    Good luck!! Fantastic community volunteer project….really hopes this grant is won for years of future security and regeneration…

  7. Posted on August 9, 2017

    Good luck

  8. Posted on August 10, 2017

    The volunteers do a fab job and if it wasn’t for them the children wouldn’t have a pool! thank you and good luck ***

  9. Posted on August 10, 2017

    Good luck Guys, I know longer live near you but have still voted for you as I feel so strong about keeping the pool open.

  10. Posted on August 11, 2017

    Thank you all so much for your kind words and good luck messages. Please pass the voting link to as many family, friends and contacts as you can.

  11. Posted on August 12, 2017

    Thank you so much fingers crossed.

  12. Posted on August 12, 2017

    Well done for all hard work the volunteers have done ,

  13. Posted on August 13, 2017

    Good luck

  14. Posted on August 14, 2017

    An amazing group of dedicated volunteers,who want to put something back into the community, well done all involved.

  15. Posted on August 14, 2017

    U are all amazing well done to you all, big shout out to Diane Locke for doing this for the community xx

  16. Posted on August 14, 2017

    What an achievement

  17. Posted on August 15, 2017

    Just voted good luck the volunteers have worked so hard Penrhiwceiber doesn’t have any facilities so this would be amazing for the children

  18. Posted on August 15, 2017

    Good luck with the voting

  19. Posted on August 16, 2017

    well done penrhiwceiber had loads of childhood memories there with my friends Kelly and the fox’s brothers Warren’s boys as kids we just thought it’s a pool as young adults it was still a pool as grown adults with kids it’s a big part of the village . proud of my village and all the people that stick together x

  20. Posted on August 21, 2017

    All the best from The Toy Mascot Company 🙂

  21. Posted on August 21, 2017

    Well Done Lee Gardens volunteers. Good luck with the funding ??

  22. Posted on August 21, 2017

    Our project has brought the community together. The support is amazing from local business donating many items to individuals who call in for a cuppa and donate a jar of coffee or a bag of sugar! I’m proud to be part of my community! Thank you everyone for your support and kind comments. ?

  23. Posted on August 21, 2017

    Thanks for your support all at The Toy Mascot Company! ?

  24. Posted on August 22, 2017

    Amazing effort by everyone so lovely to see the children and adults enjoying the pool x

  25. Posted on August 24, 2017

    Best of luck all…

  26. Posted on August 27, 2017

    Lots of children rely on local amenities so well done because some families can’t afford to take their children out all the time.#communityspirit

  27. Posted on August 30, 2017

    So proud of our community,it’s what’s life’s all about ?

  28. Posted on August 31, 2017

    Thank you for voting. Please keep spreading the word to vote for us. Closing date is 6th Sept at 12noon. Fingers crossed.

  29. Posted on September 1, 2017

    Just voted, well done to all you dedicated volunteers for bringing the community together with this project, I hope you are successful in winning the £25,000 you deserve it.
    Good Luck.
    Margaret Dalton.

  30. Posted on September 1, 2017

    Wishing you all the best of luck and loads of success with this great project! I hope you reach your goal as you have worked so hard with such commitment.

  31. Posted on September 2, 2017

    all the best to all of you xx

  32. Posted on September 3, 2017

    Good Luck LEE GARDENS POOL !
    Best Project out there !!!!
    You can do it!

  33. Posted on September 4, 2017

    Voted after seeing after hearing about this wonderful project form the Priest Fr Ben Rabjohns

  34. Posted on September 4, 2017

    Good luck ?

  35. Posted on September 5, 2017

    Good luck with this !

  36. Posted on September 6, 2017

    Gl hope u get it posted to facebook in hope of more votes

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