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The aim is to refurbish recently acquired premises within the main shopping street in Porth Rhondda Cynon Taf with a view to establishing a community hub focused on supporting people aged 50 plus

Porth Idea stage

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The project, called THE SHED, due to its links with the Men Shed movement, will establish a community facility in the town centre focused on supporting people at risk of suffering from loneliness & isolation and the detrimental effect that can have on their health and well-being. Most, but not all, are aged 50+, in an area with an aging population where people aged 65 plus will treble by 2030. We have renovated the first floor to a high standard as a commercial cafe and takeaway service which offers a welcoming community space as well as supporting sustainability. The premises has an overgrown outside space which we want to upgrade as a unique eating area which will offer volunteer opportunities for people looking to engage with a small gardening project. The first floor has 4 unused rooms which we want to renovate and deliver a range of activities / classes covering sports, play, arts and culture offering additional volunteer opportunities via our innovative Shed Ambassador Scheme

What we'll deliver:

  • To renovate and equip 4 second floor rooms to allow us to link with partners and deliver a wide range of activities
  • To renovate the outside yard for people to meet & to enjoy a quality food experience and engage with a gardening project

Why it's a great idea:

This is a great idea because: - the area has an aging population with many people suffering from the effects of loneliness and isolation and the detrimental effect that can have on health and wellbeing - because due to significant public sectors cuts and low levels of private sector activity community facilities such as day centre, leisure and cultural centres and

Steps to get it done:

  • - creation of the outside backyard as a community garden and eating space called THE ALLOTMENT
  • - installation of disabled toilet facilities
  • - installation of lift to the first floor
  • - renovation of 4 rooms on the second floor to allow for a range of cultural, creative and leisure activities


Location Porth

About the space

The project will be deliver from a commercial premises at 26 Hannah Street the main shopping area of Porth (welsh for 'gateway') and is unique in that it is a convergence centre for public transport from the Rhondda Fach and Fawr valleys; Pontypridd and Talbot Green. The town host retail shops; food outlets and a number of public sector facilitiies


Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £16,046

installation of lift - £5,000 (31%)
renovation of first floor rooms included furnishing - £4,000 (25%)
renovation of toilets to allow for disabled access - £3,500 (22%)
Renovation of backyard - £2,000 (12%)
Other - £1,546 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

installation of lift
renovation of first floor rooms included furnishing
renovation of toilets to allow for disabled access
Renovation of backyard
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £16,046

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