The Pontarddulais Partnership

The Partnership is a charitable company limited by guarantee set up in 2006.  The Management Committee comprises of 11 people, all volunteers, responsible for the strategic direction and policy of the organisation.  One full-time member of staff is employed by the Partnership.  Day to day responsibility for the organisation’s work lie with the Chair together with the Manager for Canolfan y Bont.  The Chair is also responsible for ensuring that the charity delivers the services specified .

 Members of Management Committee/Trustees – Mrs Jane Harris – Chair; Mr John Evans – Vice Chair & Treasurer; Mrs Norma Davies – Secretary; Mr Phil Gill – Personnel Officer; Mr Phil Downing; Mr E Lyn Anthony; Mr Julian Caruana; Mrs Christine Thomas; Miss Sian Freeman; Mrs Lisa Hayward-Scutt; Reverend Ian Morris.

 Who are our Staff?

Catherine Harris – our full-time member of staff is always ready with a warm welcome.  Why not drop in to Canolfan y Bont to see her.  Catherine is supported by an army of volunteers who cover various aspects of work as required.  A dedicated team of volunteers staff the charity shop and café on a day to day basis.

Administrative Information

Charity Name: The Pontarddulais Partnership

Charity Registration No.: 117151            Company Registration No.: 5680324

Registered Office and Address: Canolfan Y Bont, 28 Dulais Road, Pontarddulais, Swansea, SA4 8PA.  Telephone: 01792 885532, e-mail: canolfanybont@gmail.com

 Our Vision is to develop Pontarddulais as an attractive place where people have a good quality of life and where people choose to visit.

Pontarddulais is a unique town with a rich rural and urban past.  Its residents are culturally diverse, independent and have a level of entrepreurial skills that shows in the maintenance of a lively town centre.  A number of choirs, an award winning brass band, a carnival approaching it’s 50th year, together with a considerable number of diverse community groups all exist in the town.

Our Aims are to:

  • encourage the participation of local people in the development of Pontarddulais, including Canolfan y Bont, ensuring long-term sustainability.
  • enabling community members to identify collective needs and identify gaps in services; develop and implement action.
  • supporting volunteer development within the community, supporting those accessing the Work Club at Canolfan y Bont.  Focus also on supporting older residents to remain independent, and establishing projects whereby young adults with learning disabilities have the chance to get involved and gain in confidence.
  • improve the quality of life for the community; modernising and developing services and promoting a sense of pride and community spirit;
  • improve the environment so that Pontarddulais is an attractive place to live, that recognises historical influences, offers a range of quality services and is a place that people choose to visit;
  • support and promote economic development locally to ensure that there are adequate job prospects;
  • improve communication and the involvement of a wide range of people including children and young people;
  • carry out effective evaluation for all activities undertaken by the organisation.

 Ensuring our work delivers our aims

Our aims and objectives are reviewed annually.  We evaluate by considering our achievements and  the outcomes of our work in the previous 12 months.  The Management Committee then consider how planned activities will contribute to any new objectives set and whether new funding is required.

 Achievements to date:

Environmental Projects:

  • Railway Station – development of planters leading to further improvement of the area to attract more visitors to Pontarddulais and encourage greater use of sustainable transport.  Interpretation panels have been erected to provide information to visitors.
  • Churchyard on the Marsh – completion of Interpretation Panels and an information leaflet about the site.  The Partnership continues to work closely with Cadw and St Fagan’s towards developing the site as an Ancient Monument.
  • Bryniago Project – following some site clearance, further work is planned to develop a community site with local residents. 
  • Friends of Coedbach Park – supporting the work of the Friends in maintaining and developing the Park and implementing new projects.
  • Green Map – development and distribution of the Green Map about Pontarddulais.
  • The Garden Shed – a new project established during the summer of 2016. 
  • Café Canolfan – a new project at Canolfan y Bont set up to support young adults with learning disabilities into employment and to grow their confidence.

 Improvement of Services:

  • MUGA (at Pontarddulais Comprehensive School) – extending the multi-use games area for use by school and for local young people.
  • Coed Bach Park – refurbishment of the tennis court in the park, provision of a hard-standing car parking area, and enhancement of the children’s play area.
  • Countryside Access – developing access to the countryside in conjunction with Swansea Council officers.
  • Rights of Way – developing public Rights of Way to improve access to the uplands of Cefn Drum and Mawr as well as improving footpath access around Pontarddulais.

 Economic Development:

  • Canolfan y Bont – following the rescue of this important hub for the community, work continues to expand the range of activities on offer which will help the Centre to become sustainable in the future.  The Centre provides a local skills, learning and community resource base for Pontarddulais, which offers a variety of agencies an excellent facility in which to meet the needs of the community and provide local people with access to training and learning opportunities. Work to date has included the development of a Work/Job Club and partnership working with a number of agencies including Job Centre Plus, DACE, Swansea Lifelong Learning and other, individual learning providers.  The Centre also hosts a Charity Shop to promote recycling and support the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ philosophy of the local authority.  In the past 12 months staff at the centre are working in partnership with ‘Our Place’ supporting young adults with learning disabilities to grow in confidence and recognise their value within the community.  Two new projects which have been implemented are ‘The Garden Shed’ and also a new café/coffee shop at the centre.

Improved Communication:

  • Development and publication of the Bont Bulletin to ensure effective communication throughout the community.
  • To continue to develop Canolfan Y Bont as an informal information hub.
  • Partnership working with external agencies and groups to ensure maximum benefit to the community including: Friends of the Park; Cricket Club; Swansea University; Pontarddulais Town Council; Churches and Chapels; St Fagans; CADW; City and County of Swansea; Network Rail; Age Cymru; primary and secondary schools; Job Centre Plus; South Wales Police; Arriva Trains; Womens Institute; Merchyd Y Wawr; Festival Committee, and local Choirs.

 Financial Review

Against the backdrop of the recession and a reduction in available resources for statutory services there have been concerns about maintaining existing services and a need to identify and access further grant funding. Aside from income generated by Canolfan Y Bont, the principal funding source for the Partnership is money obtained through grants.  As a result of increasing constraints on local authority expenditure, and a need to focus on the long-term sustainability of Canolfan Y Bont, the charity needs to seek funding from other sources to ensure it’s longevity.

Future Plans

We need to:

  • further develop the volunteer group;
  • develop opportunities for employing people;
  • develop project ideas, e.g. youth facility; charity shop; other social enterprise;
  • develop plans to work on a number of schemes e.g. improving tourist accommodation, developing information and education about our heritage, develop a Business Forum;
  • explore the possibility of asset transfer.