Powerhouse Hub community fun day

A launch and community fun day will be held at the Powerhouse Hub on Monday, November 6 to mark the official opening of the facility which has been extended and undergone major refurbishment works.

The free event at the hub (2pm to 5pm) will include live music by Ministry of Life, community stalls, performances by local schools, face painting, storytime, an animal corner supported by Ian Williams Ltd, Science Made Simple Bubble Show sponsored by The Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, food stalls, Winter Wonderland workshops and much more.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "Our celebrations to mark official openings are always fantastic events that are really popular and bring the community together.

"The official launch of the Powerhouse Hub will be a great opportunity to showcase the wide range of council and partner services available there."

The new Powerhouse Hub boasts a wide range of services and facilities including a library service,IT training suite, private interview rooms, rooms for community meetings & events, a community café and a community hall.

Customers can accesshousing, benefit & advice services, free internet and Wi-Fi access, free phones to contact Council & other services and Into Work Advice & training courses.

The Council's Adult Community Learning service also have a base at the new hub offering adult learning opportunities while the Youth Service also deliver a range activities for young people in the area.

South Wales Police, who previously had a local station in the Maelfa Centre, have now relocated to the Powerhouse and will have self-contained offices on the first floor.

South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael, said: "The hub is a facility that the local community can be very proud of - it is the result of excellent and visionary partnership work and is a blueprint for future projects.

"Indeed, our presence within the building gives policing a strong foothold in the heart of the community during what is a very exciting chapter for everybody in the LLanedeyrn and its surrounding areas.

"It gives our officers a fit for purpose base from which they can conduct all of their day to day business. The proximity of police officers and PCSOs to the public and others using the hub to work with the community, will no doubt present many opportunities for regular engagement and interaction.

"But the hub is not a police station in the traditional sense of a forbidding entrance and a front desk - we have moved on from that to a situation where police officers and PCSOs spend the maximum amount of their time out in the community where their time is best spent.

"If people do require police assistance, then a yellow phone has been installed on the outside of the building which gives the public free and immediate access to the non-emergency 101 number any time of the day or night."