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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.
£25k project Currently ranked 1 in Community Groups

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.

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