Penyrenglyn Community & Family Hub is a remarkable feat of architectural ingenuity. It is four council houses, which were in a dire state of repair, transformed into an attractive, welcoming space, which hosts Play, Youth, Family Support, Community Development Activities depending on the time of day.
The team work across the Upper Rhondda Communities First Cluster providing Play, Youth and Community Development activities using venues in other areas as appropriate.
In 1997 Valleys Kids were based in just two of the the four houses thanks to the concerted efforts of local volunteers. The whole of the Mount Libanus Estate was under threat of demolition to try to solve the problems of social and economic deprivation. In 2002, the young people of the Penyrenglyn Project made a film ‘Not Ready for Drowning’ which marks an historic moment in time and reflects how awful conditions were and how invisible and ignored the community felt.
More recently, Penyrenglyn youth were invited to be part of a Heritage Lottery funded Unloved Heritage Project, collaborating with young people from Dyffryn Nanttle, Gwynedd in North Wales, exploring, learning and interpreting their heritage of coal mining sites. The experience provided both groups of young people with a host of transferable skills and unique insight into each others culture and landscape.
Jonathan Bundy – Youth & Community Worker
53/56 Corbett Street
Mount Libanus Estate
Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF42 5ET Telephone: 01443 773835 Fax: 01443 778480