Penygraig Project is based in the beautifully restored Soar Centre, which celebrated its re-opening following it’s second refurbishment in 2006 with a multi-cultural event featuring musicians, Amampondo from Langa in Cape Town and launched by First Minister Rhodri Morgan. This Community & Family Hub, like all Valleys Kids centres, is a versatile venue which changes according to the event.
The team works across the Mid Rhondda Communities First Cluster providing Play, Youth and Community Development activities using venues in other areas where appropriate.
In Soar during school day you will find anything from Coffee Morning, Community Bingo, Tai Chi, Positive Parenting to CAB, Counselling sessions and Food Co-op. At 4:00pm all mayhem is let loose as hundreds of under 8’s appear for After-school Club. They play at: art, craft, dressing up, trikes, bikes scooters, water fights, bouncing on the bouncy castle, ball games. Food plays a big part in these sessions. Our staff ensure that there are healthy snacks and all the children have some nourishment. More joyful mayhem follows with the Middle Clubbers, who play in much the same way. Later in the evening, the Youth take over and computer games, darts, loud music, pool and table tennis are options and the bouncy castle is equally popular.
The main hall, which has state-of-the-art technical equipment, hosts our own ArtWorks productions and also professional touring artists including theatre, music and dance. These enable local people to access
high quality affordable art on their doorstep without the expense of travelling to Cardiff.
Future Familes is based adjacent to Soar in 78 Tylacelyn Road.
The Penygraig Team (some of whom are members of the Mid Rhondda Communities First initiative)
Co-ordinator: Debra Jones Debra@ValleysKids.org
Julie Parsons – Project Worker Julie@ValleysKids.org
Telephone: 01443 438770 Fax: 01443 420877
Rhondda Cynon Taff