Enter keyword and hit enter

Summer events round up

20 Sep 2022

Community News

As we say goodbye to the hot weather and light evenings, we’re looking back on the summer of fun that our team and residents have had over the past few months.

Llanbradach Green Space

Before the summer holidays, our Community Investment team held creative play sessions in the green space in Llys Cambria and Heol Beulha in Llanbradach. The group spoke about their connection to the green space and how they can use it more often as a community.

Hand-made bunting by children, tied on a fence with red ribbon. The first bunting triangle says 'love this space' in coloured pen. The second one features a drawing of a dinosaur.

This summer, the team held two community sessions in the green space, with families coming together to play games, enjoy refreshments and chat. Children made bunting that was hung in the entrance points and enjoyed a football skills session from a coach at Llanbradach FC. The team is now working with local councillors, the community, Neighbourhood Officers and Celtic Horizons to improve the green space further for residents to enjoy.

Children's hands holding playing cards as they sit on grass.


Bryn Aber Community Picnics

In Bryn Aber, residents enjoyed a series of community picnics thanks to funding from Western Power Distribution’s Community Matters fund. The Community Investment team arranged for weekly picnics, bringing the community together to eat, share food and enjoy activities.

Two young girls sitting on a mat on the grass, enjoying a picnic.

Residents decided on the menu each week, including things like fresh fruit skewers, home-made carrot cake, barbeque food and salads and sauces. There were games and activities like colouring and windowsill planting, as well as cake and bread baking kits to take home. In the final week, Scorchini’s pizza van came to surprise everyone with fresh stonebaked pizza.

A young boy at a picnic holding a slice of Victoria sponge cake in a napkin.

Nant yr Aber river clean up

At the end of summer, some of our team joined Groundwork Wales, Caerphilly Volunteer Centre and Natural Resources Wales for a river clean-up in event in Nant yr Aber, Caerphilly.

Five people standing in a forest. From L-R: A young girl with blonde hair wearing a blue hoodie and black leggings. A woman with white hair wearing a white top holding a red rubbish bag and a litter picking tool. A man wearing a red top and a black hoodie with dark hair and a beard, with his arm around his son who has dark hair, a black tshirt and a red jacket. A man with glasses wearing a blue top and jeans.

The team collected an impressive 1020kg of rubbish from the rivers and riverbanks, filling two trucks full of rubbish. This was a fantastic community effort to keep our green spaces clean and safe for both wildlife and residents.

A van full of red rubbish bags, with people loading bags on to the van. A man on the left is holding an open red bag of rubbish.


Uniform Swap

As the new academic term approached, our Working Families team worked in partnership with The Parent Network to hold a school uniform event at Van Community Centre in Caerphilly.

Piles of folded school uniform on a table.

The event meant 20 families were able to access free, good-quality school uniform, saving each family around £31.

A clothing rail with school uniform hanging on it.

Find out more about how Working Families can support you here.