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Glais community takes over local building from council

Glais is the first community in Swansea to take over management of a local community centre that was previously only used by senior citizens.

Glais community action press release

Swansea Council has been working with a variety of community groups in Glais who want to use the existing Senior Citizen Pavilion (SCP) as a community centre.

The move follows proposals by the council to transfer the running of the city's pavilions over to communities so they are better used.

Primary school children from Glais have visited an art class which is held in Glais and have helped design a new logo for the rebranded community centre.

73-year-old Jeff Lee attends a watercolour class at the senior citizen pavilion in Glais. He said: "The art group is a real life line for people who go there and the only form of contact for some. 

"The Glais pavilion is a tremendous asset for locals and its great to know the council and the various groups are all working together to sustain them as part of the community."

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: "Historically, senior citizen pavilions have only tended to be used by senior citizens. We are looking at changing the licence conditions so that other organisations can use these facilities because it'll mean they'll be more sustainable for senior citizen groups and the whole community too. It's a win-win situation."

An open day took place at Glais to help showcase the centre and encourage local groups to make use of it in the future.

Cllr Hopkins added: "Glais is the blueprint for what we want to achieve at all the remaining pavilions. These facilities are a real asset to communities and we are keen to work with locals to make sure they are used effectively."

The licence changes will come into force from April 2016 and will mean that local schools and other groups will be able to make use of the facilities.

Part of the new agreement means that local community groups will become responsible for paying for the running of the buildings such as utility bills, and any income generated from the use of the facilities will go direct to the groups and not the council. The council will carry on being responsible for major maintenance of the buildings.

The pavilions are also at Baywood Hall, Birchgrove, De La Beche, Dyfatty, Fforestfach, Manselton, Mumbles and Pentrechwyth.

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