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23rd September 2016

Taff Bargoed Development Trust is emerging from difficult times into a brighter, more prosperous future.

Over the last 15 years a small group of dedicated Trustees and our manager has collectively steered the charity through all manner of obstacles – too many to list here – into a period of settled administration when the fortunes of the organisation will change for the better. I don’t wish to elaborate further about where we’ve been on our journey to get where we are but I’m always happy to share our history with anyone who is interested.

We are embarking on a new journey, one that we hope will lead us towards better outcomes for the communities we strive to support. We are ambitious to pursue the goal of economic regeneration and to this end we are presently conducting feasibility studies to establish where our investments are best placed. However, there is always room for entrepreneurial types, people who have ideas and are prepared to work through feasibility studies to underpin proposals. Please contact our Manager Howard Jackson if you have an idea for a successful local business (see contact page) and he will let you know the processes to follow. Whist we remain unable to fund or pump prime business proposals we are willing to assist with guidance and signposting to grant making bodies for help.

The Taff Bargoed Valley is a beautiful green space that has re-emerged after the demise of coal. Unfortunately, bringing back the employment levels that supported the local economy then will never happen – the investment and the will to invest on that scale is not something the Government aspires to in our valley. However, we are hopeful that our tenants at the Welsh Climbing Centre, Rock UK, will receive funding from the Welsh Government and other sources such as the Big Lottery and the Ffos y Fran community fund to develop the Taff Barged Centre into a world class Adventure Centre providing outdoors learning experiences for children and young people from all over the south west of England and Wales. The planned redesign of the centre will also prove attractive for people living locally as the centre will be open for all and will include a café space for visitors. Confirmation of this progress is imminent.

Over the past year we have actively been recruiting members to the Charity. If you are resident in Treharris, Trelewis, Bedlinog, Edwardsville or Quakers Yard and over 16 years of age you are entitled to become a Full Member. If you work in the area or simply want to support our movement and what we are striving for then you can register as a Supporter Member. Details of how to join us are on the Membership page of this web site.

I hope that reading this brief overview will inspire you to join us or even better, to get involved. We are seeking new Board members and would welcome people with skills and experience to offer, particularly from the business and tourism sector. Our manager Howard is available to inform you further.