Charities and social enterprises in the Rhondda Valleys have pledged to work together in a new alliance called ‘#strongerrhondda’.
The incredible range of work carried out by these organisations across the Rhondda Fach and Rhondda Fawr was showcased at a special event held at the Arts Factory, Ferndale on 7 October 2015.
Those who attended the day organised by Interlink RCT had an opportunity to network and share ideas and all agreed to continue working in partnership under the ‘#strongerrhondda’ banner – formerly known as the Rhondda Alliance.
Representatives from some of the organisations gave presentations on their work and explained their plans for the future.
Charities who showcased their work included the Arts Factory, Big Click, New Horizons, Purple Shoots, Spectacle Theatre and TooGoodToWaste.
And there was a special welcome for representatives of the Rank Foundation, the charitable institution founded by film producer J Arthur Rank, which supports the People in Work unit in the Rhondda.
David Sanderson from the Rank Foundation: ‘We are interested in what makes people tick and about community leadership. This is an opportunity for us to get a better flavour of what we are doing.’
Simon James, Chief Executive of Interlink RCT: ‘It was a fantastic day – great to see so many organisations looking to work together in the Rhondda and such innovative projects and brilliant people. And we got young people to pick a name for the partnership – Stronger Rhondda!
It would be great to see more community groups join in as we develop our plans with young people.
The Stronger Rhondda partnership is all about people working together to make a difference and improve the Rhondda.
With many local services transferring over to be run by local people, there are lots of community groups springing up here. It’s about how we support people to come together and use their skills in the community.
We were delighted to welcome our visitors from the Rank Foundation who are working with us to see if they would like to fund a number of groups in the Rhondda.’
To find out more about #strongerrhondda call Interlink RCT on 01443 846200.