On October 20th 2022, we had the honour of welcoming over 25 Government Delegates from Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and the Isle of Man to Llanrumney Hall as we have been selected as a model of success in social enterprise development in Wales. This isn’t the first time that we have been chosen by Welsh Government as a case study for social development in Wales, and we are proud as punch to continue to wear the badge. Moments where we receive recognition like this allows us to reflect with joy as a community, how far this Charity has come, and its exponential growth within just 3 years.
Claire Phipps, Public Engagement and Media Officer, visited with Ministers and Associates from all over the UK. They were keen to hear how and why Llanrumney Hall as a Grade II* listed building was saved by the establishment of Llanrumney Hall Community Trust, and how our Charity has raised the funding to save and refurbish Llanrumney Hall.
Since our official opening, we have added value to the substantive building through the community café and creche, we have joined the Your Local Pantry franchise where we support those who need just that extra bit of support during a cost-of-living crisis, we partake in up-cycling/re-use activity ranges in support of the environmental crisis, we have become the home of various entrepreneurs operating their local businesses and have partnered up with local academic institutions to provide extra skill-gaining activities outside of what is learnt at school or college. This was all enabled through securing over £1.3m to date that subsidise such additions.
We discussed with the Ministers and associates our plans going forward, such as the well-being centre that is currently being built on the grounds of Llanrumney Hall and will holistically support those struggling with mental adversity. We also discussed the need for a Community Training Kitchen and a community request multi-use dance studio which has shown to be in high demand. We highlighted our various income generating schemes which we have developed since opening, to underpin the future sustainability of Llanrumney Hall.
Jane Critchley, Head of Special Projects, Creativity & Social Inclusion at the Department for Enterprise, applauded our work at The Hall labelling it “inspiring and wonderful”. Jane kindly let us know that instantly after their visit, she was already praising Llanrumney Hall to colleagues and friends. Others were impressed by the extent of the regeneration and what has been achieved in such a short period of time, particularly this time being centred around lockdown adversities.
The ventures listed are just a fraction of the value we have been able to deliver in the past 3 years and it is thanks to our amazing team of Staff, Trustees and Volunteers for working to regenerate this community building and of course to the people of Llanrumney for backing us each step of the way, that we have had the success we have.