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Partnerships help keep buildings open

How some community buildings at risk of closure were brought back into use with partnership working.

Walsingham Support and Forge Fach Resource Centre in Clydach

Forge Fach Resource Centre was at risk of closure after the original tenants and founding organisation went into administration and the building reverted back to council ownership. With diminishing budgets the Council was unable to run the centre long-term so started the search for new tenant.

The council was approached by the charity called Walsingham Support, who proposed to locate their head offices in office space upstairs and deliver a range of inclusive services and activities whilst continuing to keep the facilities open to the community.

The council was delighted to hand over the keys to Walsingham on 6 October 2015.

Walsingham Support is a leading national charity with offices in London, Cumbria, Middleborough and Swansea. The charity provides personalised services for people with learning disabilities, autism, brain injuries and complex needs.

Forge Fach Resources Centre is a council owned multi-use community facility based in Clydach, its facilities include a large activity hall, office space, outdoor sports area and playground café and a nursery. 

 

Clydach Community Council and Graigfelen Hall

Graigfelen Hall was at risk of closure after the founding organisation went into administration and the building reverted back to Council ownership. With diminishing budgets the council was unable to run the centre long-term so started the search for new tenant.

Clydach Community Council, alongside a local voluntary group called Graigfelen Residents in Action, stepped up to protect the hall and ensure it remained open to the local community or Graigfelen and further afield.

Graigefelen Hall was formally handed over to Clydach Community Council on 1 October 2015.    

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