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Tackling Poverty Fund - Rhymney

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Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant has visited Caerphilly to see how the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places fund has been used to regenerate parts of the town.

Caerphilly County Borough Council received £1.9m under the Vibrant & Viable Places - Tackling Poverty Fund (2014-2017) to support regeneration projects in Rhymney and Lansbury Park.

Projects include:

Hafod Deg Community Hub

The investment has helped to refurbish an existing building in Rhymney to create a Training and Enterprise Hub. The hub is providing a holistic support mechanism aimed at addressing debt advice, drug and alcohol problems and mental health issues. It is also working with unemployed individuals to establish training opportunities and to establish stable family conditions. This has involved collaborative working with Caerphilly housing colleagues, Job Centre Plus, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Citizens Advice Bureau and social services, who are all housed in the same building to ensure a joined up service for the community. To compliment the wider support, the hub is also working with training providers to offer training and employment opportunities to help local people who don’t have jobs to find work.

Rowan Place Housing Scheme

A number of homes have been refurbished by the Local Authority to bring them up to the standard required by the Welsh Government’s Welsh Housing Quality Standard. Some of the homes were empty and have been brought back into use under this scheme. Tackling Poverty Fund investment has been used to further improve the estate through addressing problems including the lack of a play area for children and improving the walkways which previously attracted anti-social behaviour such as drug use and on-street drinking. The investment has helped residents to feel safer and given the estate back to the people and families that live there.

Lansbury Park

Caerphilly CBC has also invested in Lansbury Park through the VVP Tackling Poverty Fund. The disused Community Centre at the heart of the housing estate as well as the Footbridge have both been demolished.

Works have started on site to provide a programme of energy efficiency improvements to homes on Lansbury Park utilising VVP funding.  The works are aimed at addressing fuel deprivation by upgrading the efficiency of homes on the estate.  This is part of a wider initiative being taken forward by the Local Authority.