Last Friday, we welcomed the Welsh Government’s Minister for Social Justice, Jane Hutt, to Llanrumney Hall to officially open our brand-new Health & Wellbeing Roundhouse. Minister Hutt cut the ribbon to the facility, marking an historical moment for our charity and joined us alongside a range of guests including other Government Councillors and reps, media personnel, ITV Wales and future users of this wonderful facility.
The £250,000 of funding secured to build this Roundhouse was sourced through the Welsh Government’s Community Facilities Programme which aims to make improvements, repairs and redevelopments across Wales. In the financial year 2021/22, the Government awarded grants totalling nearly £7.7 Million and Llanrumney Hall were delighted to be one of the recipients.
The Health & Wellbeing Centre will strive to help people become more physically active, tackle loneliness and increase volunteering opportunities. We will be working with a variety of groups benefitting the local community, including our Knit & Natter Club, Gardening Club, and a return of in-demand fitness programmes.
Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt commented on the facility saying: “I am so pleased that the Community Facilities Programme has been able to help deliver Llanrumney Hall Community Trust’s vision for the future and know it will make a massive difference supporting the health and wellbeing of the local community.
We understand that spaces like this are vital to the local community, providing somewhere that clubs can meet, health and fitness programmes can run from and classes people can learn from.
Community centres play a pivotal role in supporting the most vulnerable members of our society and we are committed to supporting them, through the likes of our Community Facilities Programme, so they can continue providing a vital service to communities across Wales.”
Jeff Kidner, a long-standing tenant at Llanrumney Hall and one of the primary new tenants of the Roundhouse, commented: “This is a wonderful space for meditation, yoga and additional stress-relief activities. Through the support of funding applications, we plan on providing low-cost or free sessions as well as utilising the space for private clinician and therapy sessions so that it can become a whole and full-functional resource.”
Finally, Steve Borley, Llanrumney Hall Community trust Chair of the Board of Trustees, added: “During lockdown it was recognised by our Development Manager, Mary Harris, that there was a need to increase the provision on site to meet the requirements of the community for wellbeing and social prescribing. We believe this new Health & Wellbeing Centre will provide huge benefits to take us to the next level and will go a long way in serving those needs of many local people.
We would like to thank Minister Jane Hutt, Vaugh Gething and the wider Welsh Government for buying into the Trusts vision and providing us with a grant to turn this dream into a reality. We’d also like to thank South Wales Sports Grounds who helped provide the ground works and much of the landscaping works here, as well as valuable assistance from Cardiff and Vale College students and our own staff and volunteers.
Once the trees come back into bloom, this new centre is going to be a fantastic environment to work, learn, rest and destress and we look forward to welcoming in the people of Cardiff to benefit from it.”
If you have any questions or enquiries regarding the new Health & Wellbeing Centre, you are welcome to pop into reception from 9 – 5 Monday – Friday, give us a call on 02920 001441 or alternatively email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to answer any questions.
You can see a range of images of the Roundhouse as well as pictures from the official opening in the gallery below.